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Freya and the Magic Jewel: Thunder Girls, Book 1

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun read, troubling message for girls to be peacemakers.

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While this book tries to be fun and casual, it starts off slow, and falls flat when it describes events as "totally fun," trying to imitate the way young readers speak. Loosely based on Norse mythology, Freya and the Magic Jewel is an introduction to the gods and goddesses most readers don't know about. Freya's adventures require courage and strength, which she most certainly has, but her most talked-about attributes are her looks and her clothes.

All of this could be fun; the trouble comes when Mason, a boy god, asks Freya for her heart in exchange for building a wall that can save all nine worlds. Freya doesn't want to give him her heart, but feels she has to, and spends the rest of the book worrying that she'll have to keep her promise. The moments when Freya wonders how he'll react if she tells him she doesn't want to give him her heart offer a particularly troubling message for young readers.

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