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By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fast-paced World War I fantasy exciting yet low on violence.

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age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

For the whole family

An adventerous read that will excite adults and kids a like. The books takes place during WWI and has some battle scenes but they are not graphic. I found Deryn to be an especially inspiring and relatable character.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

verry verry good

Very very good I would read every book in the world if they were written by Scott westerfeld

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Kids say (11 ):

A brilliant imagination and a sense of humor have blended in this excellent example of steampunk. This alternative history throws in historical figures such as Winston Churchill and Nora Darwin Barlow, quotes the poet Goethe, and sets the coming-of-age stories of Prince Alek and Deryn, young airman of the Darwin army, on a parallel course of nonstop adventure. The political intrigue and momentum of war brewing only add to the compelling plot and very likable characters.

There is much humor, fantasy, and innovation in this historical setting. Westerfield has included a long afterword that defines what is fictional and what is fact. Gender roles are even tossed: Deryn is the swashbuckling, risk-taking one, while Alek is the sensitive, war-adverse prince. The author is bound to win over plenty of fans who will doubtless be clamoring for the sequel.

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