Parents' Guide to

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sci-fi classic takes readers on epic trip.

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This science fiction classic from one of the fathers of the genre has stood the test of time. It's exciting and inventive, even visionary. However, note the book title: This novel is about the journey more than the destination. Author Jules Verne takes his time leading the reader through lengthy descriptions and long treks, where the characters experience challenging conditions: Rations run low, they suffer from dehydration when water runs out, and they lose their way in dark tunnels. Readers are more than halfway through the novel before they see any of those dinosaurs that the film versions highlight. Appreciating this novel requires a lot of scientific curiosity and some advanced vocabulary.

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