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The Palace of Laughter: The Wednesday Tales #1

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Spooky circus tale is great for reluctant readers.

Book Jon Berkeley Fantasy 2006
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Fun adventure

The assessment is accurate ("What parents need to know"). Creepy clowns, friendship, loyalty and fantasy. We liked the kids' friendship with the tiger and how they picked up friends along the way.

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Great messages
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1):

Jon Berkeley's THE PALACE OF LAUGHTER is a wonderful fantasy adventure. The story motors along at a pretty good pace and throws in enough fright and wild situations to keep even the most reluctant reader interested.

Clocking in at almost 500 pages this novel's a long one for middle graders, but Miles Wednesday's adventures are so out there that readers will quickly forget about the length and settle in for a good ride. A weird circus, creepy clowns, and a Palace of Laughter everyone is afraid to visit would be enough for most fantasies. Berkeley goes one step further and adds in a couple of lost angels and a yeti. Chock full of nuttiness and a hilarious ending, kids seeking to movie on beyond Harry Potter have found a good candidate in this series.

Book Details

  • Author: Jon Berkeley
  • Illustrator: Brandon Dorman
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy
  • Publication date: August 1, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 488
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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