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Dragon Pearl: Thousand Worlds, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fox-spirit teen brings Korean myths to adventurous sci-fi.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Things got weird

While I found some aspects of what I read of the book enjoyable, others were just strange. The main character and her relatives are pretty quick to use their magical abilities for deception, and the idea of magically compelling another character to follow them around like a puppy dog is discounted for it's danger rather than its immorality. There's also the fact that the foxes choose their gender, and can change between being male and female just based on convenience.
age 9+

Amazing novel, perfect for 9+

I believe that this is an amazing novel! It includes elements from Magnus Chase and Percy Jackson while keeping it fresh and original. Min is an inspirational role model persisting in her journey. However, there is some violence, manipulation, and alcoholic beverages in the book, but it should be appropriate enough for ages 9 and above.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Mixing science fiction and fantasy sometimes results in a dilution of both genres, but this combination of space opera and Korean folklore finds the right, enjoyable balance. With Dragon Pearl, author Yoon Ha Lee offers up an engaging main character, a magical trickster ready to Charm her way to her destiny. Readers will find the diverse cast lively and unpredictable, the plotting well executed, the world-building offbeat and intriguing. The book ends on a perfect note of closure, but most readers would welcome Min's further adventures.

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