The Grapes of Wrath

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 2+

A Great Book

One of the best books ever written. After reading this, my view on The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, and general community life became much clearer. Almost all of the characters are great role models as well. There is swearing, and although it is fairly constant, none of it's strong. The book content itself can be a little bit dense in places but nothing a 12 year old couldn't handle. All in all, The Grapes of Wrath should be fine for children 12 and up. I only said 2+ to average out the other 18+ reviews.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

There are alternatives...

As an English teacher, I need to teach this book, but I do find much of it offensive myself. I have found an adaptive version that cuts a lot of the inappropriate stuff out for younger children and sensitive individuals like the special education population I teach. Check out the Penguin Readers version ISBN 978-1-4058-6251-6.

This title has:

Educational value
1 person found this helpful.

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