Polly and Digory, the boy who lives next door, are friends. When Polly discovers a tunnel in her house, they decide to explore. It leads them to Digory's uncle's house. Uncle Andrew shows them some green and yellow rings, and he tells Polly to take a yellow one. Just as Digory tells Polly that Uncle Andrew is tricking her, she has disappeared. According to Uncle Andrew, the yellow rings can send him to another world, while the green rings would bring him back. Digory takes one of each so that he can find Polly and return. After Digory finds her, the two decide to explore this unknown world first. A jump in the pool sends them to Charn, an ancient world where they see statues of kings and queens and a bell. Digory strikes the bell, which causes the Queen Jadis to awaken. Jadis doesn't believe their story of magic, and hitches a ride back to London with Polly and Digory. Before Queen Jadis can unleash her evil, Digory takes her back to the woods of Charn. In their search for Digory, Uncle Andrew and Polly happen upon Narnia, where they meet Aslan the lion.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. One, I liked the very interesting story. The rings and the animals who helped Digory and Polly stop Queen Jadis are two of them. However, I didn’t like how the author made it look like the story was in first-person instead of third-person point of view. At the beginning, the author said that the story occurred very long ago, so I expected a third person.
I recommend this book to ages 10+ because the level of detail could make the book confusing for some people. However, I would definitely recommend this book to someone else.
Readers who love fantasy - especially ones with time travel and ancient realms - will love this installment of Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.
There is a good bit of British English and events are presented with great detail. Some readers may find this boring, others may find it confusing.
This is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.
Read this for fun. It is part of a classic series.
11 and Up
9 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Borrow, at least. If you and your readers get into the story, buy it.