A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The repeating Tales home in on archetypes in storytelling, pointing to commonalities and variations in fairy tales around the world and through the years.
Positive MessagesRory and her friends in Ever After School do the hard (and necessary) work of becoming a team, earning each other's respect and friendship.
Positive Role ModelsRory and her friends learn to face their fears and disappointments, with each other's help. Rory, who's felt like a pawn in her parents' bitter divorce, begins to stand up for herself. She doesn't tell her parents about her afterschool activities, however. Lena disappoints her family, despite her good intentions, and tries to make it right.
Violence & ScarinessBattle scenes include a bit of gory violence such as stabbings and beheadings. The narrative doesn't linger over gruesome details, and the young heroes are understandably repulsed by injuries and blood. Characters are in danger of dying and can fail their Tales. One loses several fingers.
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LanguageTeen characters use a few coarse words, including "suck," 'jerk," "crap," and "piss." One character says "Oh my gumballs" instead of "Oh my God," because her grandmother makes her bite on a bar of soap when she uses unacceptable language.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Of Giants and Ice isn't an especially gentle fantasy. Characters face real peril -- even risk death -- while carrying out missions and quests based on familiar fairy tales. Rory hides the truth about Ever After School from her family members because she doesn't want them to pull her from the program. She and her friends have difficult family backgrounds marked by divorce, poverty, and absent parents. They also engage in violent battles with magical creatures that lead to stabbings, beheadings, and the like. Teen characters use a few coarse words, including "suck," 'jerk," "crap," and "piss."
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