A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
A few battles, not described in detail.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing of concern in this book except bad, juvenile writing.
Is It Any Good?
There's nothing really objectionable here, except really bad writing; although many kids will find it dreary and ridiculous, some will enjoy it. The only harm comes in confusing young readers about what constitutes good writing. In an eighth-grade writing class this book is worthy of respect, but in the world of publishing this should never have seen print.
A bright 14-year-old writes a story. It's pretty good for a kid, and no doubt her writing teacher is thrilled. Unfortunately, there's more to professional writing than stringing together hundreds of pages of clichés. The usual requirements include a plot that makes some sense, characters that behave somewhat believably, and, in a fantasy, a world that has some rules, even if they're invented -- but this book has none of the above.
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