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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Richly imagined dystopian fantasy fine for preteens.

Book Morgan Keyes Fantasy 2012
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Darkbeast rules

It is amazing!! When I got it, I thought I was gonna hate it, but I loved it!! I say everyone should read it!

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Educational value
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Author Morgan Keyes creates a richly imagined, fully realized story. The dystopian elements of a central government with powerful oversight of individuals' lives provide a solid backdrop for the building tension, adding interest and realism to a world where kids talk to animals. There's a lot left unresolved at the end, no doubt to leave room for future installments, but this does prevent Darkbeast from standing solidly on its own.

Keara is believable and relatable. Kids will empathize with her as she's torn between wanting to become an adult and wanting to hold on to her childhood; the wide-open ending should leave them excited for the next installment.

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