- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (December 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402241518
- ISBN-13: 978-1402241512
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jane and the Raven King Paperback – December 1, 2010
"A magical, empowering gem of a book . . . I believe this book should be celebrated." --New York Journal of Books
""Part Alice in Wonderland and part Chronicles of Narnia, Jane and the Raven King is a magical, empowering gem of a book that opens up an entire genre to female readers...
Had this type of book been around when I was a young teen I might have grown into a great fan of the genre. Luckily I am to be able to share this with my daughters. I believe this book should be celebrated. We look forward to a sequel." - The New York Journal of Books" - The New York Journal of Books
About the Author
Stephen Chambers is the author of Jane and the Raven King. While still in high school, he sold two novels, Hope's End and Hope's War and has recently collaborated with bestselling author Adam Blade on The Chronicles of Avantia and Beastquest series. Stephen is currently a doctoral candidate in the history department at Brown University.
Top Customer Reviews
I was pleasantly surprised to find that we were both equally engaged with the book! Even though I promised to read only a few chapters each night, we wound up reading almost half of the book in one sitting! This is coming from someone who usually falls asleep during story time, so I certainly enjoyed the book every bit as much as my daughter did! It was a very fun read.
Overall, it's a great book.
The story is intersting and well paced and manages to surprise by not always adhering to the expected conventions of the genre. The book is extremely well written and while it is targeted at children, the language and the content do not feel "dumbed down" in any way. It had no difficulty keeping my interest as an adult reader, so I'm sure parents reading the book with their children will be interested and amused.
My only criticism - which is the reason that I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 - is that I felt that it was a little overdoing it with the "anti-technology" message. Judging by Chambers's up-to-date website I'm not sure that he actually intended his book to come out this way, but it sometimes reads a bit like a luddite rant against the evils of television, computers, cell phones and technology in general.
Of course I think that the message that we don't always need to be attached to technology is a good one - but the book sometimes makes it feel as though this technology is the root of all that is bad in society, when of course it also has many postives.
This being said, however, that particular aspect of the book only takes a very small part of it. I think in general it is really an excellent book and I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book is a complete fake . I'm not talking about fact or fiction. The author tried to convert the idea of " technology is bad and save the planet" its a good idea and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by ArBy
Jane and the Raven King was one of the best books I ever read .Anyone who likes odd and mystical and high suspense stories I think would love this book!Published on July 10, 2013 by Michael