Parents' Guide to

Daughter of the Deep

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Exciting undersea adventure has diverse cast, cool tech.

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age 10+

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age 10+

Kid 10 years old

Daughter of the deep is an amazing book but can be life threatening so not ok for the little ones. It is a mix of sci-fi and adventure.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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Kids say (15 ):

This exciting undersea adventure throws together some wildly smart teens, cool tech, a hidden island base, and a cranky, 19th-century submarine. Even if young readers found 20,000 Leagues under the Sea a bit of a slog (as the main character did), they will dive into this modern update. It imagines Ana Dakkar, freshman at a prestigious school, as Captain Nemo's last known ancestor, and the only one who can unlock the Nautilus' secrets -- that's Nemo's submarine, and it has AI, and it's rather mad about being left alone for so long.

Like any good kid-centered adventure, this team of 20 freshman has barely learned what they need to survive before their only adult support checks out (in this case, their advisor falls into a coma). Luckily they are all specially trained in just about everything at their school: combat, medicine, sign language, electronics, you name it. And they're up against the senior class of a rival institute who won't show mercy. Why they sent seniors instead of adult assassins and mad scientists, that doesn't make sense. Nor does the idea that Ana's school doesn't want at least some of Nemo's secrets out in the world. Who wouldn't want the cure for cancer? How could that go wrong? But the missing logic doesn't take away from the thrills here, especially when Ana encounters a surprise villain and a surprise deep-sea friend. And of course there's a diver fight underwater as part of the climactic action -- there has to be. Get your captain's chair ready and enjoy this page-turner of an adventure, and get excited about the ones to come.

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