Finnikin of the Rock

Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

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

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

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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!

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

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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