A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Story's End is the sequel to Storybound, and kids who haven't read the first book may have trouble making sense of the plot, which involves good and evil forces battling for the land of Story. Once again, plucky young heroine Una Fairchild, who discovered the terrible secret of her parentage in Storybound and inadvertently set a cosmic clash in motion, joins forces with Peter, Snow, Indy, and other friends to keep everyone and everything they love from a terrible fate. There's mortal combat between the good, the evil, and the undead, and some combatants are killed; one evil character murders another.
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What's the story?
Storybound ended on a suspenseful note: young Una Fairchild, an orphan who's been spirited from our world to the land of Story, where she's made many friends and had great adventures, learns the dark secret of her parentage, and releases evil forces bent on nothing less than STORY'S END. Now she and her classmates in Story must use all their skills and bravery as they join Story's other characters to defend their home.
Is it any good?
Kids who already know the characters will enjoy the reunion and the fast-moving adventure of Story's End. Kids who haven't read the imaginative, complex Storybound may have a hard time getting their bearings concerning Story and its inhabitants, as well as the cosmic clash that threatens to engulf them.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why stories of kids in the world of fairy tales are so popular. How are the Story books similar to and different from others of this type?
The bad guys in Story's End use enchantments to trick characters into doing things they'd never do otherwise. Have you seen pepple in real life lose their judgment and do bad things because someone is so persuasive?
Una and Snow have troubled families; how do their adventures and dangers improve things?
- Author: Marissa Burt
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Book characters, Brothers and sisters, Fairy tales, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Publication date: April 2, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 368
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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