The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Cool heroine makes this for more than zombie horror fans.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 19 reviews

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age 15+

violence, not a protagonist to admire, but entertaining

There is violence, esp as involves the killing of the zombies (dubbed the Unconsecrated). These are zombies that infect, however. They don't eat flesh. Which I think makes them more tasteful to read. I wouldn't go so far as to say Mary is a bad role model, but I definitely didn't think she was a positive one, either. She is more obsessed with her life-long dream of "finding the ocean" and doesn't seem to really care about her friends. It's a fun, interesting read, however. (Somewhat of a cliff-hanger at the end which is not resolved in its companion novel.)

This title has:

Too much violence

Book Details

  • Author: Carrie Ryan
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: March 10, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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