I was given an amazing opportunity to read and review a book called "The Crowns of Croswold" by D.E. Night. The author sent an entire class set to my classroom! Before I handed them out, I wanted to read it for myself and make sure it was student appropriate. I try to be very careful about what I read to my students and especially what give them to read.
Over Christmas break I took a copy of the book home to read and preview.
Here is my review of the book:
The book started a little slow and it was a little confusing to follow at first. But once I got through the first chapter... a whole new world of adventure opened up! It was a great story! I ended up purchasing it to read on my Kindle!
"The Crowns on Croswold" reminded me a little of the "Harry Potter" series. The main similarity is that it's about a child who doesn't know she has magic powers and ends up attending a school for students to learn about magic. That's about where the similarity ends. The main difference that stood out comparing the book to "Harry Potter" is that I feel "The Crowns of Croswold" is not as scary and would be appropriate for children of all ages to read.
Here is the synopsis I copied from Amazon:
"In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever." (Amazon link here)
I could not wait to go back into my classroom and give the books to my students to read. I even ended up purchasing the second book in the series to read on my Kindle!
I would highly recommend this book for students to read and for adults, like myself, who enjoy reading a quality and well written children's novel. If you are wondering what age this book is geared for... well.... the book was VERY clean, had zero foul language, and had absolutely no scenes that I would consider inappropriate for any age! Basically, if a child enjoys fantasy then this would be an appropriate book. I love when I read and find a book that I would consider wholesome and entertaining. "Crowns of Croswold" definitely fits the bill!