A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Rise of Kyoshi offers opportunities to discuss loyalty, perseverance, and revenge.
Only justice will bring peace. Friendship and loyalty prevail over personal ambition.
Positive Role Models
Kyoshi takes her role as Avatar very seriously. She supports her allies and tries to live a moral life. Strong, brave, and resolute, she's a born leader.
Violence & Scariness
Kyoshi is a warrior, so violence is part of her life. Her earthbending abilities allow her to fight enemies without much bloodshed. A teen character dies early in the book. A villain poisons a roomful of diners but later dies in a gruesome fashion.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of Kyoshi's compatriots drinks from a flask.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that F. C. Yee's Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi focuses on the backstory of a supporting character from the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender. It chronicles the teen years of the longest-lived Avatar and her search for mastery over her powers. Kyoshi and her allies and enemies engage in semi-mystical martial arts, which are sometimes fatal, but not bloody. Sex and swearing aren't part of the mix.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes a supporting character in a series has enough vibrancy to earn her own story, and this action-packed adventure spotlights a young character worthy of the sustained scrutiny. Kyoshi is serious in her quest for self-knowledge, but author F. C. Yee provides plenty of action, invention, and humor to animate her tale.
Readers unfamiliar with the Airbender universe may need some extra time to ramp up to speed in Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi, but eventually the plot becomes easier to follow. Fans will find the new perspective on the protagonist refreshing and worth continuing in the saga's next volume.
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