A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of information about endangered animals. Introduces lessons about conservation and environmentalism.
Humans and animals can cooperate to make Earth safe for themselves and others. Small acts of kindness can have large consequences.
Positive Role Models
Kate is a very thoughtful and resourceful 11-year-old, eager to save animals and make the world a better place. Prone to putting herself in front of others, she learns how to be comfortable in the backgroound.
Based on skin tone, Jen seems to be South Asian. Kate and Tom read as White.
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Violence & Scariness
A wolverine threatens the kids after having trashed their uncle's apartment.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Author Lev Grossman continues his magical train saga with a middle volume that ups the ante and takes the narrative in an exciting new direction. Kate and Tom -- and a likable cast of supporting animal characters -- learn a tough lesson about the fragility of the ecosphere, that climate change won't be fixed easily. Readers will again be transported by the book's raucous plot and eagerly await the concluding installment.
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