The Box and the Dragonfly: The Keepers, Book 1

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

age 9+

Twisty brainteaser of a fantasy is a keeper.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Smart book for smart kids

Not only does this book have gripping action, entertaining characters, and a wonderfully creepy bad guy, it is really well written and does not pander to or talk down to young readers. I don't believe in sheltering kids from certain kinds of language (though if you are concerned about that, the language in here is very very very mild), and I think they are more likely to enjoy reading about characters who think, act, and speak in ways that they can relate to. I appreciate the elements of science included in the book, as well. Definitely a good choice for strong readers who enjoy twists, turns, and excitement!

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
age 12+

disappointing dialogue

It's disappointing that such a creative and well thought out story has such unimaginative exclamations. It breaks my heart every time the Lord's name is taken in vain. I'm disappointed in the editor. Those lines could have been removed with no damage to the story. They add nothing of value. I'll be trading this one in. I will not be handing it off to my son. As much as I want to know what happens in book two, I'm not sure I can bring myself to check out the next one, and I won't make the mistake of buying it like I did the first.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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