Endling #1: The Last

Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Fast-paced animal fantasy tackles theme of extinction.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 11+

3.5 stars :: OK for those who like fantasy genre, but intense situations throughout

*SPOILER ALERT :: minor details to warn against stronger themes* My 12-year-old son and I read this together. This first volume of a 2-book series is a tale of tragedy, friendship, loyalty / deception, and courage. Take note that there are many intense situations that might be too heavy for some younger readers - e.g., the slaughter of the (non-human) main character's family; hearing that someone would be sentenced to a long, slow death; a young man getting tortured by being stretched over a campfire. That last one was told in way more detail than I felt necessary for the intended audience. I disagree with CSM's age recommendation of 8+. Eleven would be the youngest I would go, on a "know your kid" basis. We just love Katherine Applegate books, and while this series didn't quite hit the mark for me, my son loved it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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