"The best book I've ever read." Says our teen reader.


Welcome to Ketterdam, a city of slums and crime lords. Meet Kaz Brekker (17), a famed criminal known as Dirtyhands. Brekker is second-in-command of the criminal gang known as Dregs. Kaz is willing to do anything. For the right price. So when he is offered 20 million kruge, he doesn't hesitate to accept the offer. The task: Kaz must break into the highly fortified Ice Court and kidnap Bo Yul Bayur, a Shu scientist. Bayur invented jurda panem, a drug that is lethal to humans but gives Grisha incredible powers. Breaking into the Ice Court is going to be very difficult, but Kaz is keeping his eyes on the prize.  

BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
Six of Crows is the best book I have ever read! I feel like I can recommend it to most people because of how amazing it is. Bardugo definitely kept me engaged and on my toes. There is lots of action, with plot twists, cliffhangers, romance, and so much more. It might even have everything a reader could ever wish for. The world building makes for a magical reading experience, and the backstories of each character made them seem real. Main characters have their own special skills and flaws and Leigh Bardugo made each one of them unique in their own way. Because the story is told in the third person makes it so much better.  It was simply stunning! I highly highly suggest reading Six of Crows! The book would be best for anyone 14 and up. Six of Crows also would make for an great gift!

Parent Perspective:
Although listed as "middle grade" both in reading level and audience (per Accelerated Reader Bookfinder), we do not recommend the book for this audience. Violence, language, and sexual themes (human trafficking) make it more suitable for teens. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lots of action and not-so-predictable events will have teens turning the pages in this fantasy adventure for teens. Our teen says it has everything a teenaged reader could want in a book!

Content Awareness Factors:

Our teen reader notes that there are violence and bad language. There are also references to human trafficking, prostitution, and drugs. They do not take away from the story and its message, but they are there.

Type of Book:
This is the first in a fantasy duology (two-book series) for teens. The setting has the historical feel of being in Amsterdam in the early 17th century.
Educational Themes:

This is a book that teens will pick up for themselves to read for fun. 

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy if you have a fantasy lover.

Title Six of Crows
Author Leigh Bardugo
Publisher Square Fish Books, Imprint Macmillan Children's Publishing Group © 2018 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9781250076960
Material Paperback
Cost $8.79
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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