The Twilight Box (Tales of Terre II)
Brown Barn Books (2007)
Reviewed by Casey Holt (age 13) for Reader Views (1/08)
I really couldn’t get into the story of “The Twilight Box” very well because I found the author’s extremely descriptive style distracting me from the story. But the story is so good that I got over that (eventually). I think maybe the beginning should have fewer descriptive words so you can get right into the story. But later, when he describes the horses, I loved that because it seemed so real and made you want to be there and touch them! I also thought the heavy description worked well for the evil queen, I was almost scared of her!
I really liked the way the characters matured as the story went on, especially Ambro. I thought this was very believable because no one is perfect and everyone needs to grow up. I also liked the way the book dealt with people’s prejudice, I think it is important for kids to read stories like this that make them think about what they believe and why they believe it, and to help them realize that they shouldn’t just go along with what everyone else thinks but should choose for themselves what to believe.
Another important idea, that I think he works into the story really well, is how important forgiveness is and how hatred just eats up and harms the person who feels it. I love the way Noleena’s father tells her about this and the struggles she has with it herself in “The Twilight Box.” I am looking forward to reading other books in this series to see what happens next! (I hope Ambro gets a girlfriend!)
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