This is an excellent book, in spite of how cliche the title has become. But I STRONGLY recommend the abridged version.
I am usually 100% anti-abridgement, I hate them hate them hate them. I owned the abridgement of this book on cassette before I purchased the unabridged version. It was abridged by and is read by the author - so you can be certain it still has everything in it that he felt was essential. The unabridged version is very repetitive, which is fine when you are reading but may put you to sleep if you are listening!
The female narrator put me to sleep a few times, not a good thing when driving! But as I got into the story, that was no longer a problem...
I bought the first A-Z Mysteries volume for my 9 year old daughter... she loved it but the one who is really hooked is my 6 year old! He's listening to the first 4 volumes over an over, and reading the ones they had available at our local library. The best part is, I enjoy them with him - it's a simple read but entertaining.
I have been reading the print version of this book to my 6-year-old daughter and she loves it. It's quite fantastical.. but the main reason I would recommend it is because it gives an incomparable opening to speak frankly with your children about drugs. "Do you really think it would be okay to accept magic crystals from a stranger?"
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