falcon quinn and the crimson vapor

Summary:

Falcon Quinn just can't seem to fit in. His father, the Crow, is a monster ... so when he's on Monster Island, no one really trusts him. His mother is Guardian Queen, so no one there trusts him either. Especially, Cygnus, who kidnaps Falcon and sets in motion a plan to destroy Monster Island.

Educational Themes:

This is built to be a story for fun reading. There are themes of friendship, trust, and family relationships that can be drawn out in book club discussions.

Reading Level:
4.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a funny, fast read, but not one you're likely to come back to.
Little Kid Reaction:

As we were nearing the end of this book, my daughter asked if there were any more books about Falcon Quinn and his friends.

Parent Reaction:

This is Monsters, Inc. with a pre-teen plot. I loved the way the author wove in perennial teen angst with a monster / guardian twist. I also liked how, as the story progressed, she effectively showed us that we are more alike than different. All that said, I would say it is an "ok" book. Maybe you have to read the previous title to really understand some of the characters, like Cygnus and Crow.

Pros:

Lots of humor and familiar teenage scenes will have kids laughing out loud and turning the page.

Cons:

There are times when the story gets monontonous.


Title Falcon Quinn And The Crimson Vapor
Author Jennifer Finney Boylan
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books © 2011
ISBN 9780061728358
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Fantasy, Humor, School, Middle Grade Series, Coming Of Age
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