The Book of Dust, Book 1: La Belle Sauvage

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

age 14+

Nail-biting start to trilogy in His Dark Materials world.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 13+
Our daughter read the His Dark Materials trilogy at 9 years old...and has been asking to read the other books...she is now 12 years old and the bad language is a bit of a non issue for us as parents, or her for that matter, but I know she isn't ready for the sexual content and implications contained in either La Belle Sauvage or the Secret Commonwealth so both titles will be revisited when she is 13... and possibly not till she is 14...he mother and I will see where she is at that point. They're remarkable books when the time is right.
age 13+

A great story with adult themes

Philip Pullman has drafted a spell binding wonder. The storyline is engaging, the lead characters enchanting and the pace exciting. Beware this book is far from the fluffy family friendly golden compass film release. More brothers Grimm than Disney, it is definitely suited to a more mature audience. Perfect for teenagers who love more challenging texts. A wonderful read.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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