A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Offers the chance to talk about grief and acceptance and how different cultures deal with death.
Although it's tempting to hang onto to grief, it's better to find acceptance when someone passes away. Your friends may be able to help you remember the best things about an absent friend or family member.
Positive Role Models
Cordelia and Larkin share a rich friendship. Both girls are brave and empathetic, willing to back each other up.
The book is set in the South. Cordelia and Larkin read as White, but members of the supporting cast may be Black.
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Violence & Scariness
Cordela's father dies suddenly. In the swamp, the children encounter "dragon-gators" and "bogilisks" but receive no injury from them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Into the Glades is a modern-day fantasy set in the American South. After her father dies suddenly, Cordelia, her best friend, Larkin, and their two younger brothers set off into the swamp to have him brought back to life. Author Laura Sebastian weaves a tale of loss and redemption. There are a few mildly scary scenes as the children fend off belligerent swamp creatures. Some readers may be upset by the loss of a parent.
Is It Any Good?
The death of a parent is a major trauma, and this heartfelt fantasy offers a way toward acceptance. In Into the Glades, author Laura Sebastian depicts a village in crisis, and puts her characters through an emotional wringer as they explore their growing magical powers and wrestle with the meaning of mortality. Sebastian keeps the story from becoming too heavy by providing lots of action and comic relief (one character produces magical boogers). Into the Glades is a captivating stand-alone fantasy, with a setting and characters worth visiting again.
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