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Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Time-travel adventure excites but lacks solid characters.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Good continuation but disappointing

If your kids read the first book in this series, you have a good grasp on what to expect. I think this book is good for kids who have been exposed to a lot of stuff already but not good for kids who are more sensitive or very conservative families of a 10 year old (I would recommend a little older). One thing not included in the site review is the mention of Nirvana music and lyrics. I found their inclusion to be completely inappropriate and frustrating. There is also some boy-girl flirting and teasing, which I think is completely unnecessary for a target audience of under 12. The best part about this book is that it will make kids curious and excited about history and historical figures and places, which should spur some fun investigations.
age 9+


Best book i have read in a long time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Just like Book 1, LOST IN BABYLON has all the bait that fantasy-adventure fans need to dive right in. It will entertain, sure -- and lure you to the next book with a great cliffhanger -- but it won't stick with you like a Rick Riordan mythology-tinged adventure.

Peter Lerangis' characters still need more to them. Readers may find themselves rooting more for Daria, a cool new Babylonian girl, than for the foursome at the center of the story -- not good. And again, adults who want something from the teens are barely described, and this is what's supposed to make all of them untrustworthy. Hmm... Without solid characters to build your story on, this tower will fall.

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