Arroyo, Raymond Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls, 314 pages, Crown Books for Young Readers (Random), $16.99, Language: PG(3 swears 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.
Will is a 12 year old who can’t get enough out of life. When he falls off a donkey and gets punished, he starts to learn about the relic of Perilous Falls. Then his aunt starts to tell him about how his great-grandfather founded the town and hid the relic in the church. The story captivates Will and he is convinced by a Captain to hike down and retrieve the relic. There is only one question that remains. Can Will find the relic and save the town from the evil that lurks in it, or will the town be covered in water, never to be found again?
I really liked this book. It gave me a new perspective on stranger danger and who you should trust. Will got into all this trouble because he trusted the wrong person. Mature content is PG because it talks about Will’s religion and Will and his friends are talking about what they believe in. Violence is PG because it is talking about demons being disintegrated and dying and people being injured.
MS - ESSENTIAL. Student Reviewer: JM(7th grade)