Lord of the Flies

Book review by Kenneth Butler, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Gripping story of marooned schoolboys and their savagery.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 99 reviews

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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.

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Too much violence
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

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