Parents' Guide to

Tunes for Bears to Dance To

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Compelling, simple story with an emotional wallop.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+


This book was a required reading by school. I think it has a lot of content to deal with that someone, under the age of 14, may have trouble processing. (racism, death, manipulation etc.) My child is only 12 . I would like more books that empower our children with information that can really move them in a positive direction. I felt this book does not do this. Again, my opinion ;)
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Robert Cormier's simplest book tackles his major theme, evil, with an easy story suitable for readers younger than his usual audience. The brevity of the story helps intensify its impact on readers.

This beautifully written novel will give you and your children a lot to think and talk about. It is short enough that it doesn't intimidate most reluctant readers, and tells a story compelling enough to interest adults. It's an excellent introduction to Cormier's longer and more difficult works.

Book Details

  • Author: Robert Cormier
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publication date: January 1, 1992
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 101
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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