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Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
by A. J. Hartley
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 810L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 438
GENRE{S}: Fantasy, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
ISBN: 1595144099
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact—Book Review

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has had a lot of changes in his life recently. Three weeks ago, he was living with his family in a small town in northwest England, and now he is living with his aunt Honoria in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he has to adjust to a new home and a new school, where his accent makes him stick out like a sore thumb. Things get even more complicated when he meets old Mr. Peregrine, a shopkeeper who gives Darwen a gift--a magical mirror that is actually a portal to another world. When Darwen travels through the mirror to the world of Silbrica, he discovers a beautiful land filled with magical creatures. But some of those creatures are actually quite dangerous and are trying to open up the gaps between the worlds. With the help of new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen vows to stop these creatures from getting through the portals because if they do, no one in this world will be safe.
The Scoop
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact—Book Review
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Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact is a fun adventure read featuring ethnically diverse characters and a premise that is reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia. Main character Darwen has never felt like he fits in, which becomes even more difficult for him as he tries to adjust to a new country and a new school. He has moved to Atlanta because both of his parents died in a car accident. While Darwen struggles with their loss, the story never becomes maudlin. Although he experiences some bullying, Darwen makes two very good friends who travel with him on his adventures between worlds. There is a bit of mild fantasy violence but this is primarily a story of three bright tweens who may not be the most popular kids, but take charge of a challenging situation and make things right. This book would be an entertaining family read-aloud that would appeal both to tweens and their younger siblings.
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