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Parents' Guide to

The Midnight Children

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gore, gross-out, bullying overwhelm friendship tale.

Book cover: The Midnight Children

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 9+

An absolutely wonderful story!!!

I am truly shocked by the review by CSM. I absolutely LOVED this book. It is the kind of book that makes kids (and adults!) fall for reading again. Please read this book!!! It is magical in so many ways...
age 10+

This book will help create book-lovers.

This book was phenomenal. This is the only website that I've seen where this book hasn't been touted as one of the year's best. Brilliant writing, strong story and characters. You got this one very wrong, CSM.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (5 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There's a sweet tale of friendship, courage, and transformation in this middle grade novel, but you have to slog through a lot of horrors to get there. The Midnight Children features some heartfelt moments of connection and bonding amid the gore, bullying, and philosophizing by the narrator, but you may wish to find such moments in books with less trauma.

"Colt had excitedly joined them when he'd heard what their destination was. His excitement dimmed, though, when he saw the cows waiting miserably in the lot outside.

'''Oh,' he said uneasily. 'I ... guess I thought the cows showed up already dead.'

"'No,' Ravani sighed. 'They're alive. But not for long.'

"Hiss-moooTHUD, the building coughed. Hiss-moooTHUD...

"'What's that sound?' Colt asked.

"Mr. Skinister's eyes dimmed. 'It ... was a cow. At least the "moo" part was.'"

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