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The Silver Arrow

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sister and brother steer magic train in whimsical fantasy.

Book Lev Grossman Fantasy 2020
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age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

the silver arrow

i liked it. its the best book i read.
age 7+


I am a third grade teacher and picked this book up without any prior knowledge about it. I pre-read it for my class and finished it in one night. I couldn’t put it down. The kids will love to learn facts about the animals as they read and kids love any book about adventure and animals but this particular book is so much more than that face value. It teaches the kids life lessons but in a relatable way where they would want to pay attention and adopt the same values. I took so much from it so adults reading it to children will enjoy it just the same. A wonderfully written book with multiple great messages.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Tales featuring talking animals have long been favorites, and this pleasantly old-fashioned fantasy features a lively cast of creatures. With The Silver Arrow, Lev Grossman, author of the adult fantasy series The Magicians, celebrates the Narnia books and the adventures of Doctor Doolittle, but with a 21 century spin. "Never give up!" is the one of the central messages of the narrative, as is a call to protect the planet. If those are not the most innovative of themes, they are handled with grace and wit. It's nice to have a stand-alone adventure that fulfills its goals in one volume, without the need for bloated, inconclusive sequels. The plot is frequently suspenseful, but there's little to disturb the reader. The Silver Arrow hits the mark wherever it's aimed!

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