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Gargantis: Legends of Eerie-on-Sea, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Action, suspense ramp up with discovery of ancient bottle.

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This second installment in a planned fantasy-mystery series has a lot of the charm, suspense, and adventure of the first book, and it adds a lot of menace and action that make it more suspenseful. Lots of favorite, colorful townsfolk return in Gargantis, and of course the dynamic duo of Herbie and Violet, too. The plot moves along quickly, although it follows a familiar path for anyone who's read the first book. The short chapters with cliffhanger or surprise endings keep the pages turning, and make it a great choice for reading aloud.

Author Thomas Taylor's humor in this second book is broader and not quite as clever and cheeky as in Malamander. But Gargantis has more menace, suspense, and action than the first book to keep fans and newcomers guessing about what will come next. Big kids and tweens will relate to Herbie and Violet as they explore themes like having the courage to act even when you're scared, and not letting bad things from the past or the unknown future keep you from fully appreciating each moment as it comes along.

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