Parents' Guide to

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Brilliant writing for brilliant kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Content for the mature, not a children's book

Characters portrayed for the mature. Cconversations about how Mrs. Zender would always play a "boy or a bitch" and how her fans "all wanted to sleep with me", up the ante right there. Additionally, "I am a homosexual, "I am a homosexual too." I'm concerned Common Sense didn't review this book.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (1):

The story is gorgeous and fascinating, but subtle. E.L. Konigsburg is not one to spell everything out for her readers, preferring instead to leave arch and tantalizing hints so that they can figure things out for themselves. All the classic Konigsburg themes are here: precociously gifted children, mystery, art history, a brilliantly flamboyant and cantankerous old woman, and deep friendship.

This is not for everyone, or even for most. Konigsburg expects her experienced readers to be equally clever as her gifted characters, to be comfortable with ambiguity and sophisticated vocabulary (or at least willing to look things up), and to be willing to think. If that describes your child, he or she may love this. If it doesn't, but you wish it did, a better place to start would be the author's more accessible From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

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