The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 53 reviews

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age 11+

Not the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I actually ordered this book on accident. I was ordering The Alchemyst by Paulo Coelho for a high school summer reading list. I didn't pay attention and ordered The Alchemyst and decided to read it to my 11 year old. It's okay. Nothing outstanding to me, but it has engaged my 11 year old who is a big mythology fan.
age 12+

Utter rubbish.

Honestly, if you want historical accuracy of the ancient gods do NOT set this book down in front of your kid. I know quite a bit about the old gods of Ireland and the descriptions and actions could not be more horribly inaccurate than they are here. If you want a book on gods, pick up a better book. If you want a fantasy with inaccurate information, pick this up but remember the gods are portrayed inaccurately so don’t expect to learn something from it. Was pretty disappointed in the series as a whole.

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