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Battle of the Beasts: House of Secrets, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Series sequel stays exciting and high on action-violence.

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BATTLE OF THE BEASTS: HOUSE OF SECRETS, BOOK 2 is another fun fantasy diversion for action-adventure lovers. Book 1 had the pirates and skeletons and swashbuckling mayhem. Book 2 is another laundry list of action elements kids love -- plus Nazi cyborgs. It's pretty smart of coauthors Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini to pick a formula whereby kids move through three fantasy worlds in each book. Sick of Rome and the Nazis already? Suddenly you're on a mountaintop with strange monks fighting giant beasts.

Still, one part of their fun formula doesn't hold up this time: The House of Secrets is abandoned by the Walker kids partway through the story. Is the house out of secrets already?

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