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Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Through-the looking-glass adventure not very original.

Book A.J. Hartley Fantasy 2011
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DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT follows too closely the J.K. Rowling template. Although Darwen is from working-class Northern England and his adventures take place in Atlanta, GA, he and the new friends he's made at private Hillside Academy, fellow outsiders Alexandra and Rich, are a little too reminiscent of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Author A.J. Hartley keeps the action moving steadily forward, but the plot doesn't achieve liftoff until its final chapters.

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