Escape from Aleppo

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Gripping, moving tale of Syrian teen fleeing war-torn city.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Nonstop excitement and a window into the Syrian Conflict but intense themes a bit much for under 12

As a former elementary school teacher, the vocab is a bit much for reluctant readers; great story telling and a real page turner but a bit choppy for read-aloud. Highly recommend reading with your child and explaining as they ask questions. Intense.

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age 12+

Over Intense topics but has a good message

I read this book while driving in my van to my second ever solo band gig and it is educational but the violence is more attuned to slightly older kids.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love coming-of-age stories and historical fiction

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