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The Glass Town Game

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fairyland author channels Brontë kids in wild fantasy tale.

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age 13+


I'm age 11 years old, this is my review. There was death, violence, some disturbing characters, such as Lord Byron, who wanted to TRAP Emily Bronte in Glass Town, because he supposedly loved her and wanted to keep her there forever. There was SOME educational stuff, it being about the Brontes and all, some historical figures such as Napoleon, Queen Victoria, Wellington, Jane Austen, and there were some historical quotes from Byron and Charlotte Bronte. The historical characters were very twisted, for example, Napoleon was called Old Boney, and was made out of bones, Jane Austen was a rude gossip, and I already described Byron. It was imaginative, creatively written, and there were some laughs, but those are the book's only virtues.

Is It Any Good?

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Not one to shrink from a challenge, author Catherynne M. Valente creates a story of the tween-age Brontë children on a wildly imaginative life-or-death quest in a world they made up themselves. The Glass Town Game's barrage of surreal characters, literary references and in-jokes, historical figures, random events, and moral quandaries won't be every reader's dish, and there are times when it doesn't quite come together. But as often happens in Valente's works, occasional moments of wry humor, poignant sadness, or triumphant sweetness more than reward the sometimes-bumpy trek to get there.

"'Charlotte, I dreamed we were back at School,' choked Emily, her mouth horribly dry.

"'Don't worry, Em,' Charlotte said, smiling as hard as she could while she smoothed her dress and tucked her hair back into place. 'We're only in an insane, upside-down world populated by our toys, our stories, and Napoleon riding a giant chicken on fire. Nothing so bad as School.'"

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