Parents' Guide to

Many Waters

By Cindy Kane, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Kids are pulled into epic good vs. evil struggle.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+

Many Waters is a Dark Book and Not for Everybody

This title has:

Too much sex
age 15+


I think this book is a product of another time. I don't see the phrases "an easy lay" and "a slut" as having any place in describing a young woman regardless of her pattern of behaviour. All the angels are male. The fallen angels groom young women to have sex and bare children for them. I'm a huge fan of the Wrinkle in Time series. This book made my skin crawl.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The biblical characters -- both the tiny, long-lived humans and the angels -- are considerably more interesting than the twins; even the animal characters have more personality. The main characters, Sandy and Dennys, spend a good part of this book just recovering from sunburn, being tended by members of Noah's family. When Sandy and Dennys do speak, they tend to state the perfectly obvious.

Eventually, readers are pulled into the struggle between angels and fallen angels, the ageless battle between good and evil that is at the heart of all the Chronos Quartet stories. Madeleine L'Engle raises the interesting questions of what part the twins will play in the battle, and what will happen to Yalith, whom they both love. This is not conventional storytelling, but it has its own rewards.

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