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Ben the Dragonborn (The Six Worlds) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 24, 2013
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At one point in Dianne’s life she believed that people grew up and when they did they stopped reading Fantasy. She discovered that life without Fantasy was soon out of kilter. She never planned to be an author, but a chance week at a retreat centre dropped the idea for a story into her head. When not writing fiction, Dianne spends her time writing non-fiction. Dianne seeks to help people discover the treasure of their own true selves so they can embark on their own hero’s quest. Dianne lives with her husband Doug, his three cats and her beloved dog Thomas.
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I am neither a boy nor a child and still enjoyed it immensely.
Mermaids, Dragons, monster birds controlled by people, 6 worlds. What else is there to come? Well, don’t like saying anymore for not spoiling the great read about Benjamin or better Zenjamin.
I would say, it’s not only for boys or children.
Thoroughly enjoyable and looking forward to next in this new series! Congrats Ms Castle!
For full disclosure, the rating is from my 10 year-old daughter, and the review's from me with a few of her comments thrown in. My daughter wanted me to say that the story, while a bit 'boyish' was fun for girls too and she particularly enjoyed the character of Charla the mermaid-girl, who is strong and feisty and while she does wrong to start with, she makes up for it and turns out good in the end.
The writing is sound and strong throughout. I thought a weakness might be that there's a bit of a plot dump toward the end as we learn about Ben's heritage, and the family situation seemed to be resolved a little too easily - maybe I'm just being picky, but I might have saved some of this for another adventure. Nevertheless, for MG kids, this is an excellent, clean read with something to teach. Well recommended.
Although the main character is a freshman in high school, I'd recommend this more for kids aged about 10 to 13. The reading level and plot complexity would be good for that range, but maybe a little simple for older teens. Solid middle grade reading, and I think boys in particular would really enjoy it.
As an adult, I enjoyed the premise. It reminded me of the Pendragon series, but for younger kids. Ben was a bit passive for my taste, but he grew. There's a clear message of believing in yourself and leaving prejudices behind which is also good for kids. The wind-down at the end was a bit long with a lot of debriefing the adventure, but there were also some key lines that summed up the themes.
All in all, though, I think this hits its target audience pretty well, and I'll be curious to visit the other worlds in Astle's series as Ben and his companions grow up.
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