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Off the Page

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Strong (but long) sequel about book characters come to life.

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age 11+

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age 11+

Great transition book from kid fantasy to tween drama

I read both books before my 6th grade daughter did to make sure it was appropriate. She normally reads fantasy books so this was a great transition into middle school fiction and the teen drama. The main characters all ultimately care about each other and make positive decisions for the good of one another. My daughter liked the concept of what do her normal book characters do when she closes a book. Parents should know that the book does reference a character who is homosexual and brings his boyfriend to a party. Another student teaches a boy how to spell the word boobs on a calculator.

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This smart, sweet story mixes humor, romance, and deep thoughts about the risks we have to take to write our own stories, but it's very long, with many characters going in and out of the fairy tale. Readers will have to be pretty committed to work their way through it. Still, it's pretty impossible not to like a book with lines such as this one from Delilah, bemoaning her geometry homework: "So in spite of the fact that I am having possibly the worst Tuesday of my life, and my boyfriend is trapped in a fairy tale, and my best friend is hooking up with his clone, I have to prove that two triangles are congruent."

Pretty, classic illustrations of the fairy tale world are interspersed in the story, adding a bit of magic to the book and giving readers a good sense of what it's like to live in the idyllic -- but limited -- world.

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