City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 217 reviews

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age 12+

Great book!

I love this series so much! My eldest is completely hooked! There is swearing, but none of it is major or too consistent. A little bit of joking sexual content and a bit of homosexuality if this concerns you. A medium amount of violence but crucial to the plot of the book. But none of it is what you would call a big deal.

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age 11+


After seeing so many reviews saying this is a book for ages 16 and up, I'm shocked. Honestly, this is an amazing book. I've screened it for my 12 year old and it seems good. The message is meaningful, of family and being yourself, and if they think it's bad because of the gay couple, then it's the parents' fault.

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Educational value
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Great role models

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