Many Waters

Book review by
Cindy Kane, Common Sense Media
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Kids are pulled into epic good vs. evil struggle.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence
Sex

Two veiled references to making love; several bare-breasted women. A coarse sexual expression is used in reference to an enticing woman.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is based on the story of Noah and the ark; the biblical characters begin to seem real, and their dilemmas are involving. Descriptions of the fantastic creatures and the desert setting are evocative.

User Reviews

Adult Written bybadumais April 9, 2008

Great Book for Teens

I am so glad I read this book before giving it to my nine year old due to the "coming of age" theme. It contains several references to nudity and se...
Educator and Parent of a 6, 9, and 13 year old Written byJayne Smith July 4, 2012

Not worth your time

Not very good; a book designed to have just enough action to be a story, but is really an excuse for Sandy and Dennys to observe the beauty and budding sexualit...
Teen, 14 years old Written bydanielle707 April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byantoncherian April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Fifteen-year-old twins Sandy and Dennys are the practical members of the Murry family. Unlike their siblings, Meg and Charles, they have never experienced a journey through time or space. But when, overcome with winter doldrums, they type "TAKE ME SOMEPLACE WARM" on their physicist father's computer, they are suddenly whisked away to biblical times.

Here, the fallen angels vie for control of Earth with the seraphim, and a diminutive patriarch named Noah has received a mysterious message from El to begin building a huge ship.

Sandy and Dennys must find a way to return to their own time before the flood begins, but they are concerned for the fate of Noah's beautiful granddaughter, Yalith, who is not mentioned in the biblical account.

Forced to think independently for the first time, the twins affect history in ways they couldn't have imagined, learning that "some things have to be believed to be seen."

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the twist on the familiar Noah and the ark story. How does this book change the way you view the original tale?

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