Parents' Guide to

The Beast Player

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teen bonds with magical beasts in captivating fantasy.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Interesting Fantasy

It's a solid read, although I thought it might be a little slow and a little too plot heavy for my 12 year old fantasy reader. Nothing objectionable for her age, though.
age 13+

missed some

Good book just some use of alchohol and a sexual reference in song form.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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

Stories about kids training wild animals come in all sorts of configurations, but this well-crafted, pseudo-Asian fantasy brings more imagination to the project than most. The Beast Player mostly moves at a measured pace, with Elin gradually learning about the care and feeding of Royal Beasts, magnificent flying creatures. Author Nahoko Uehashi builds the narrative's tension slowly, so that readers are well prepared for the changes that Elin goes through as she and her charges mature. By the time Elin becomes into a pawn in a civil war, she is ready to unleash the Royal Beasts' full potential.

Deft in its character development, rich in theme and incident,The Beast Player will appeal to readers who like human/animal stories, especially if the animal is as captivating as the ones presented here.

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