Parents' Guide to

Picture Us in the Light

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling story of friendship, family, loss, and secrets.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Beautiful book and more Hard/painful/potentially triggering stuff than I was prepared for

This is a beautiful story. I loved it in so so many ways. I believe in representation in media. I am an adult who loves YA novels and read with an ear towards recommending to youth in my life. I wish I had read a review that gave me a stronger content warning, so I am here writing this one. Major spoiler alert *** **** In particular I wish I had known that there would be a ‘first person’ narrative from the perspective an 18 month old about her abduction including the murder of her primary caregiver.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

There's a lot going on in this novel with multiple storylines, shocking secrets, and flashbacks, but it's all grounded by the relatable and likable character of Danny Cheng. Most readers of Picture Us in the Light will probably catch on early to the truth about Danny's feelings for Harry and what really happened to his sister, but the second secret his parents have kept hidden is genuinely surprising.

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