Between the Lines

Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Mother and daughter team up to write fun, modern fairy tale.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 12+

Great Book to Get Out of a Slump

Just as the title has said. This book indeed was a great book to great out of a slump. For someone who took a hiatus from reading over the fall. I read this book yesterday and finished it today because this book kept me interested not because it also came with pictures that most kids might enjoy, but it was a great book to get you out of a slump to read again. I was happy that this book didn't have language that I had to worry about and that it was safe for even a 12 year old to read. The kissing scene also kept to like a G to PG rating and wasn't over the top. Just like the girl in the story, I to was drawn to the book and I'm excited to read the second book.
age 11+

A change for this author

Between the lines is a light-hearted change for this author! I have read many Jodi Picoult books, most of which are more mature and have difficult subject matter, such as death, suicide, murder, etc.. However, with this book, she has partnered with her daughter on a fun and whimsical tale. Definitely appropriate for an imaginative tween. There is some "puppy love" type romance, but the book is more about the premise of characters in the story coming to life. Interesting to think about how you would interact with the characters of a book if you were able to communicate. It's a fun read. There is also a sequel. However, if you are not familiar with this author, be sure to check out other books, as most of them would be more appropriate for kids at least in high school. This book is an exception.

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