The Glass Gauntlet is filled with non-stop fun and action that would take the energy of a pre-teen or magically enhanced grown up to keep up with. Your child’s heart rate may increase but it shouldn’t be too dangerous. Don’t forget though; you have to accept danger to be a member of the Blood Guard.
As the Percy Jackson books are based upon Greek mythology, The Blood Guard series is based upon Jewish mysticism. In both series’ there is a component of magic. If you are comfortable with those two issues then this is a great book for your child. The message is positive in that it’s protagonists seek to overcome evil. They are kind to strangers and odd-balls, incorporating them into their sphere without question. Good things happen and it is a truly fun story to read.
Misunderstandings, social awkwardness, poor means of handling situations, boys…these are the hallmarks of Junior High. The New Kid on the Block is a story with a lesson.
Crossbones is full of action and very fast paced.
As a mother, I believe InvisiBill is a great story to read with your children and to spend a few moments discussing. We all feel invisible sometimes and this story is a good reminder to parents to set aside family time without allowing distractions. It is also good for a child to hear that other kids feel the same way and that they truly are loved even when they don’t feel like it.
Mercedes Lackey is a creative writer who has a great gift for helping you understand exactly what her fantastical Othersiders look like; well that is if you are well-read or are willing to do a bit of research. Her descriptions will expand your imagination as she uses well-known mythological or other fictional characters from a variety of media to help you with visualization.