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By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tale of telekinetic teen still packs a punch.

Book Stephen King Horror 1974
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Ok for 11 and up

If you’re kid knows about sex it should be ok

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (23):

A modern classic of the supernatural, this slim, straight-ahead thriller has served as a template for countless inferior imitations. It's still the real deal, though: sharply observed, solidly constructed, and suspenseful despite the narrative's sense of inevitability.

Author Stephen King employs (fictional) newspaper reports, court transcripts, and personal memoirs to lend a sense of realism to the outlandish proceedings, and that strategy, in addition to the author's ability to create credible, sympathetic characters, works splendidly.

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