Saturday, May 30, 2015

Let the Games Begin! by Jordan Quinn -- ADVISABLE

Quinn, Jordan Let the Games Begin! (Kingdom of Wrenly #7), illustrated by Robert McPhillips. 117 pgs. Little Simon (Simon & Schuster), 2015. $5.99. Content: G.

The Grand Tournament has come to the Kingdom of Wrenly, and everyone is preparing for it. But then a rude squire informs Prince Lucas's friend Clara that girls can't race horses or become knights; only boys are capable of those things. Clara is determined to prove him wrong.

Imaginative children will likely enjoy watching the tournament come to life, with its jousting knights, flying dragons, skillful jugglers, and more. The "people can do anything they set their minds to" and "girls can do anything boys can do" themes are not new, nor are the story and character arcs that support them, but they're still worth the repetition. Like the rest of the series, this beginning chapter book features simple language, a large font, and plenty of illustrations. Because of multiple references to previous books in the series, this one would work best if read in order.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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