The Little Woods review by sisto8
The Little Woods
by McCormick Templeman
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Mystery

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Age at time of review - 14
Reviewer's Location - Leesburg, VA, United States
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Two kids disappear when staying overnight in a boarding school over a break while their parents visited each other.  A forest fire was blazing in the forest behind the school.  Nobody ever saw them after that night.  Police assumed they died in the fire after leaving to explore.  Ten years later, one of the kid's sisters, Cally, gets a scholarship to the same boarding school in the middle of the school year.  She soon discovers that the previous roommate of her current roommate had disappeared just like her sister and her sister’s friend.  Police decided she ran away.  Cally is now more determined than ever to find out if her sister had really died in the fire, or if something else happened that night.


This book was mismarked age wise.  I only read a few chapters and by the end of the few chapters, I decided that nobody under 16 should be reading it.  The language was terrible, the characters were doing illegal activities, and the characters were breaking important rules.  Someone older may find this book very interesting and fun to read, but I don’t think reading bad language and reading about drugs is a fun activity.  The characters were strange people that weren't very likable.  All the teens mentioned in this book were not-so-good people doing not-so-good activities.  This book isn’t really appropriate for someone my age to read.  It is better for people around 16-18 to read.  If someone under 18 buys this book, I suggest having a parent or trusted adult look it over first.  Other than the content problem, this book is probably okay, but since I didn't read past the first few chapters, I don't really know how good it is.

Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

Explain your content rating: 

There is bad language, drugs, and drinking in the part of the book I read.



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