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By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Undersea fantasy delivers gallons of reading pleasure.

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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

fun, scary, and entertaining fine for 10 and up; minimum age 9 and up

This undersea adventure is entertaining and exciting with not much blood/or gore. But there is a scary sea monster that can cause nightmares to young kids, as well as lots of fast paced suspense and one stabbing (with a little blood/pain described) which (apparently) heals very quickly like it never happened. Everyone is all ok in the end, but the sea monster and the faced paced suspense make it better for readers aged 10 and up.

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age 14+

Read Them All

Every published title by Ms. Hardinge is a must read. She won the Costa Literary Award a few years ago for ALL fiction although she had been nominated in the young adult category ... that’s a mind blowing story in itself and a kind of a typical Hardinge twist, if you will.

This title has:

Educational value
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Is It Any Good?

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The call of the ocean animates only a few fantasy novels, but this lively undersea fantasy delivers gallons of reading pleasure. In Deeplight, author Frances Hardinge builds a captivating world of maritime magic and peoples it with vivid characters who don't shy from conflict. Hardinge's earlier novel, The Lie Tree, won the Costa Book of the Year prize (for English-language writers based in Britain and Ireland), and it's easy to see why. Her prose is fluid, her ideas novel and well executed, her characters unpredictable. Readers with a taste for steampunk will especially enjoy this atmospheric sea tale with echoes of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Frankenstein.

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