The Black Witch: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Overlong but engaging fantasy tackles prejudice.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 13+
This is an absolutely riveting book that both adults and teens can enjoy. The plot structure is excellent. The characters grow and become well fleshed out throughout the book. The writer tackles pretty tough topics racism, bullying, sexism, religious intolerance, love, and friendship. The message of acceptance of others is beautifully woven into the story as the main characters learn to overcome all of their previous prejudices and work together to fight the evil forces that threaten them all. The story gives the reader a sense of what Nazi Germany with the rise of the evil mage Vogel who who wants to torture and kill people of other races. It essentially gives a historical lesson within a fantasy setting, and as we all know if we don't learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it. There are some swear words but no more than might be found in a pg 13 movie. I would recommend this book for 13 and up so that they can have a fuller understanding of the plot and of the issues that are tackled.

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