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Finnikin of the Rock

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Riveting epic, but too complex, violent for younger teens.

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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it’s recommended for teens and I’m a 40 yr old woman, It gave me very good vibes!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 15+
Slow and hard to understand at first. But very good!!

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Kids say (2 ):

Political intrigue, epic adventures, and characters who sometimes struggle to do the right thing but who long to live up to their ideals and those of their families are brilliantly realised. Marchetta eloquently articulates the damage caused by violence to those who experience it, and the necessity of recognizing and repairing that damage with compassion and hope. Mystery, young love, great family relationships, unusual cultures, and compelling characters combine to create an epic that will be read repeatedly by fantasy lovers and will hook other readers with its interplay of darkness and light. Rich and complicated, with humor, wisdom, and surprising plot turns, this story also raises provocative moral issues, just as the best epic fantasies have always done.

Book Details

  • Author: Melina Marchetta
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: February 9, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 399
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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