Parents' Guide to

The White Mountains

By Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Appealing plot, powerful writing offset slow pace.

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Really bad writing technique

Although the story line is fair, the writing style is sub par. In reading this book with my son for school, I don't even understand many of the sentences. The writing is very poor, as I read with my son, I need to change the words to have the book make sense. And then need to explain each paragraph as it is not understandable.
age 12+

Great adventure read!

I loved it as a kid, and I love as a parent. Has a lot of the simplistic feeling as 'The Giver', but without all the weighty moralizing. Straightforward plot, with clear progression toward a goal make this an easy read. The book is some forty years old, so the prose is clean, focusing on the story rather than trying to be 'edgy' or 'gritty' like so much more recent books.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This book has a fascinating premise, and though its pace is slow -- especially for today's young readers, who are used to roller-coaster movie action -- the rewards are great. This is an adventure for thoughtful young people.

The growing realization of the young hero, Will Parker, that he cannot help but reject his docile society, will resonate with passionate young readers who question their own world and their place in it. And his journey is a rite of passage much like adolescence itself. He becomes much more self-aware, but he has his doubts, and at one point he is prepared to settle for easy luxury among the nobility, even if it means abandoning his friends and his quest.

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