Parents' Guide to

Lord of the Flies

By Kenneth Butler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Gripping story of marooned schoolboys and their savagery.

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age 13+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 12+

Great book for deep discussion

I read this book in middle school and it was great for making me ask deep and theological questions about human nature. I got to have some great conversations with my son a few years ago when he read this book in 8th grade. Be forewarned, there is violence in this book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
3 people found this helpful.
age 14+

the classic of savagery

I think this book was great if you can look past violence in language and you can see there's a true work of art in this story. there is a few gory scenes in which a character's head gets split open by a rock and a kid is burned alive although we never get confirmation. another kid is torn apart by Spears the book overall is a great literature piece but I don't think it'd be good for anybody who can't quite understand the morals. this book is about savagery and Law and Order in about how if we were left to our own devices with no adult around we would probably descend into savagery going to our animal instincts.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (106):

Lord of the Flies has been a perennial favorite since its first publication in 1954, and this excellent novel is a deserved staple of school reading lists. Golding keeps his prose unadorned and straightforward, and the result is a page-turning entertainment, as well as a highly thought-provoking work of literature.

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