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AIDEN OF OREN: THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Author: Alan St. Jean

Illustrator: Judith Friedman

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Publisher: Moo Press Inc., ©2004

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is the story of a boy who has been given a huge task. He was chosen in a prophecy, and with his two best friends and a falcon, must save his village. Together, they face many obstacles in their path to achieve their goal. This is an adventure, fantasy book for middle readers.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: 9 to 12

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The book has a pretty good plot, but the story could have been presented better. It is a good story for people in the second or third grades.

Adult Reader Reaction: As a parent who loves fantasy, the book kept my interest. It is not a Harry Potter wannabe. It has its own unique plot.

Pros: The book offers opportunities for discussing community, family, and one's purpose in life.

Cons: None, really, although I'd be disinclined to continue with the series.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip it. While it is a nice story, it didn't offer the kind of spark we look for in an adventure series.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE RIGHT HAND OF VELACHAZ   THE EDGE CHRONICLES #3: MIDNIGHT OVER SANCTAPHRAX   THE CAPTURE (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book One)

Educational Themes: Even as a fantasy, with the adventure plot, the protagonists hone their problem solving skills. Don't we all want our kids to solve their own dilemmas?

Literary Categories: fiction - fantasy, adventure, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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