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Terrier: Beka Cooper, Book 1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Satisfying fantasy crime drama for tweens.

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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

A well-written, captivating novel that is great for tweens!

Terrier: Beka Cooper is a well-written, captivating novel. It is the ideal book for those that enjoy crime dramas/mysteries yet aren't fond of all the "scariness and gore" that are usually included in that kind of genre (ie: this is a good book for most tweens). If I had to choose a main issue, it would be the violence; there is a fair sum of murdering, fighting, and injuries. However, nothing goes into gory detail.
age 16+

Great for older kids that can follow an in depth storyline...

Beka Cooper has been a great story. Set back in the year 200 something... the scene is very different from where we are today. I rate it 16+, due to the frequent mention of "snogging", and other mentions of relations without using the actual word. Beka even mentions she has done it once, but has no need to do it with the very handsome 20 yr old who is after her... since she herself is only 16. Other mentions of drinking... she get's drunk once... Great great story... but 16+ only!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Told by main character Beka through journal entries, this unusual combination of fantasy novel and police procedural is very satisfying. TERRIER is a rip-roaring good story with unusual elements, set in a world that author Tamora Pierce has been developing for decades. It makes a good introduction to Pierce's work for those who haven't read the earlier books.

Beka is a delightful heroine: painfully shy, modest yet exceptionally competent, eager to learn, and strongly empathetic toward the downtrodden people she grew up with. Pierce has made her reputation as a writer with strong heroines, which has turned her into a darling of those with feminist leanings. But it would be a mistake to pigeonhole her as a feminist author -- she's simply too good. Though boys are notorious for rejecting books with female protagonists, if they allow themselves to try this, they'll like it as much as Pierce's female fans will.

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