As a middle school English teacher, I am always looking for quality fantasy fiction for young readers. Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga first came to my attention when it was recommended to me by my 13-year-old nephew. Here’s a tip: if a teenage boy sings the praises of a fiction book, that’s a big deal and worth your attention.
Author Andrew Peterson, also a Christian folk singer, is a storyteller of the highest caliber across various genres; and his novel writing skills are outpaced only by his songwriting prowess. His songs easily communicate concepts and struggles that characterize the Christian faith in an original way, marrying vivid imagery with soothing acoustics.
That same approachability pervades his Wingfeather Saga fantasy series. In On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (book 1 in the saga) Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby find themselves on the wrong side of the law when they unintentionally offend the oppressive Fangs of Dang, lizard-like creatures who have conquered the land of Skree. When the three siblings realize that they have attracted the unwanted attention of Slarb and Commander Gnorm, they must figure out a way to avoid being carted off in the infamous Black Carriage. The adventure that follows involves a haunted castle, frightening Glipwood Forrest, toothy cows, and Peet the Sock Man.
If you long for fantasy fiction with worthy themes, The Wingfeather Saga will not disappoint. His unusual characters and setting as well as the tongue-in-cheek style (the footnotes explaining the odd historical references are truly hilarious) will captivate readers as Peterson weaves in such important themes as responsibility, kindness, patience, and respect for elders.
Listed as a teen and young adult fantasy and adventure novel series recommended for ages 12-17, the content is exceptionally clean and accessible for children as young as 10, in my opinion. We’re looking forward to the next in the series, North! Or Be Eaten!
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