A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Light Between Worlds explores themes from classic fantasies, such as the Narnia Chronicles, but from a different angle. It asks what happens to children forced to abandon a beloved fantasy world. Postwar England is vividly depicted.
Promises are meant to be kept. There are all kinds of ways to define a home. There is magic in the world, if you know where to look for it.
Positive Role Models
Even though they cause each other pain, the Hapswell children love each other intensely. Each has a unique take on their adventures in the Woodlands, causing especially fraught feelings between Philippa and Evelyn.
Violence & Scariness
The Woodlands and London are each embroiled in war, but the description of the destruction is mostly secondhand. An exception is the bloody death of a villain.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Both Evelyn and Philippa have male admirers, who mostly behave as you'd expect well-brought-up children of the 1940s to. They exchange kisses but are not otherwise physical with each other.
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A "damn" and a "hell" or two.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There is a suggestion that Philippa has tasted alcohol in the past.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Light Between Worlds is a fantasy novel written in response to the work of C.S. Lewis. It recounts the adventures of children whisked away to a magical fantasyland. Swearing is limited to a "damn" or a "hell" or two. Although set in wartime, violent acts are reported mostly secondhand, until the bloody death of a villain. Sexual content amounts to little more than flirting and kissing.
Is It Any Good?
Most people wonder what it might be like to live in a land full of magic, but this clever, evocative, and heartfelt fantasy demonstrates the dangers in having your wishes granted. Debut novelist Laura E. Weymouth crafts an enchanting tale of loss and renewal, getting inside the heads of two very different sisters who question the meaning of home. Both postwar London and the Woodlands are depicted with grace and specificity. The Light Between Worlds seems to be a stand-alone adventure, benefiting from a deep sense of resolution at its end. Fans of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein are likely to be especially pleased with it.
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