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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids are introduced to the golden age of piracy, the Book of Kells, Gaelic (the traditional Irish language) and much more.
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Positive Role Models
Tory and her three best friends are great examples of true friendship and teamwork. Together, they work to solve problems that will better the environment and their small community. They are extremely loyal to one another and prove that four minds working collectively can accomplish more than one.
Violence & Scariness
Two villains are killed. Kids are frequently held at gun point or running from gunfire, but no kids are physically harmed. The main character is bullied with verbal attacks by her peers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It's implied that Anne Bonny may have had a lesbian relationship with pirate Mary Read.
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The words "bullsh--t" and "ass" are used.
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Products & Purchases
Like Virals, this sequel is also full of brand name designer dresses and flashy cars: Nike, Gucci, Nicole Miller, and Studebaker, to name a few.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It's mentioned that Tory’s mother was killed by a drunk driver. There's also a discussion about a remote character who attempts to conquer his depression by drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although Seizure is the second installment in the Virals series, and while it has some violence, it's less intense than the first installment. The main characters discover a dead body, and it's mentioned that two villains have been killed. The adventure in this book is very Indiana Jones-esque, as kids travel through underground waterways and manmade tunnels, fighting booby traps in search of hidden treasure. There are two scenes where kids are attacked by adults with guns, shots are fired, but no one is hurt. But there are moments when the main character is bullied. Also, children steal an artifact from a museum for temporary use. Although they plan to return it, the consequences could be great.
Is It Any Good?
SEIZURE is a fun and adventurous sequel that mystery lovers will devour. Author Kathy Reich, does an incredible job combining fact and fiction. She takes the reader on a journey through the Age of Piracy and ancient Irish culture. Kids will learn a lot about Anne Bonny, female pirate, who ran her own ship and was respected as an equal to the men aboard it. They will also be introduced to lessons of law and society during the 1700s.
Reich shows young readers the monotonous process of researching important data to solve mysteries. The characters in Seizure spend a lot of time in the library, visiting museums, and interviewing experts. Some readers will find the brilliant, mystery-solving minds of the main characters implausible, but others will enjoy the ride and look forward to the final installment in the series, Code.
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