A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nightfall, the latest doorstop-size installment in Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities series, will keep young readers busy for days as they wend through 800 pages of exciting adventures in the elvin world. As in previous books, plenty of dark forces are afoot, and there's danger, magical and physical violence (from magically enhanced combat to destroying people's sanity and wiping their minds), and loss -- all the more compelling here because it's Sophie's human parents who've fallen into the villains' hands. But in between cosmic crises and world-saving, the teen characters also struggle with awkward crushes, family problems, and life lessons. There are a few references to pee and poop, often of the sparkly unicorn variety, and some fart humor. Plenty of positive messages about friendship, family, and doing the right thing even when it's really hard.
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What's the story?
As NIGHTFALL opens, 14-year-old Sophie Foster and her elvin friends face many challenges in their ongoing cosmic conflict with the Neverseen, whose sinister agenda is wreaking havoc in both the elf and human worlds. Worse yet, the villains have kidnapped and imprisoned Sophie's human parents, and the elf kids have taken Sophie's human sister to their world for protection. Meanwhile, friend Keefe's murderous mom tries to convince them to cooperate with her plans, a new monstrous villain and her plans come to light, and there's deadly magic and warfare aplenty. In the midst of all this, there's romantic tension as bad-boy Keefe and Mr. Perfect Fitz vie for Sophie's affection, and other kids deal with unrequited crushes.
Is it any good?
Fans of Sophie Foster are in for 800 pages of cosmic conflict, magical adventure, and relationship issues as the brave and talented elvin kids rush to rescue Sophie's human parents from villains. There's one big surprise involving a recurring character, and the teens' harrowing adventures trying to solve the mystery of Nightfall give each kid a chance to shine. Ogre princess Ro almost steals the show, and some new characters are welcome additions. And there's more to come in the next installment ...
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the responsibility of using your talents wisely and well in Nightfall. What does someone with unusual powers have to consider when deciding whether to use them?
A recurring theme in this series is how the elves are horrified at much human behavior, but they do things humans find just as horrifying. In our world, where many people think and behave differently, what's the best way to find common ground and get along? Or should we even try?
What other stories do you know about Atlantis? Why do you think it's been such a popular theme for all these centuries?
- Author: Shannon Messenger
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Aladdin
- Publication date: November 7, 2017
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 800
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: February 13, 2020
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