4 out of 4 stars
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Kyle and his best friend Kevin are victims of a bully. Burley, the bully, is relentless and harasses almost everyone in their class. Afraid to tell, they still want it to stop. One day, while Kyle is in an altercation with Burley, two angels show up looking for a key. What ensues is a lesson in bullying and dealing with bullies.
Kyle and The Key: The Guardian Angel Chronicles Book 2 by Pam Dabon is a fun and interesting story for children that also has a great lesson. It's a short chapter book that would be appropriate for those looking to transition from children's books. The vocabulary isn't too advanced, and it doesn't take long to read; however, it's noteworthy that there are no pictures. A family reading this together would be ideal, as it would be engaging even to children that aren't able to read it by themselves.
The book does incorporate the author's faith. There are angels, dark angels, and talk of our Heavenly Father. It's never explicitly mentioned, but it does seem to be Christian. I wouldn't advise it for those that would be offended by such, as the entire story hinges on these angels.
I liked the incorporation of an engaging story with an important moral. Bullying is too prevalent, and we must all do our part to eliminate it. Ms. Dabon is realistic about expectations and directs the reader, at the end, as to exactly what one should do in this type of situation. Since she uses Kyle to do so, this would go over well with kids.
Though the book's title mentions this is book two, there were no issues with reading it alone. I had not read the first book and had no problem in figuring out the story or the characters.
Speaking of the characters, Kyle and Kevin are well-defined for their age. They were in middle school and behaved as such. To keep the story short, not much is mentioned outside the main story. This was a plus in that it kept the length manageable, yet it does mean I wasn't as emotionally attached as I wanted to be; however, this was a minor problem that didn't detract from the message or content of the story.
I would like to compliment the author/publisher on the editing. It was exceptional, as I found no errors. The book was well written with vocabulary fitting for the intended audience.
All in all, I see no reason not to give Kyle and The Key: The Guardian Angel Chronicles Book 2 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to early middle school students or families with younger children who want to discuss bullying in a manner that includes faith. This could very well open up the lines of communication between children and their parents or teachers. I can't wait to find out what the subject of book one was.
Kyle and The Key
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