The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray

Hmmm. It’s hard to know where, to begin with, this book. It’s marked MG, but many, many parts seemed more YA to me. I wouldn’t hand it to a kid under the age of 12. If it were a movie it would be PG13 if that gives you any context. It depends on your kid, I felt a little uncomfortable and edited a scene at the beginning while I read it aloud (a mean girl bra snapping incident) but the rest was fine for my 12yo.

Gwendolyn lives in a gray city (world really) where the buildings are the same and the people are the same. Gwendolyn with her red hair and nonconformist attitude has a difficult time. She rebels but not in an angsty way more in line with Princess Leia. 

I think it was a great twist on fantasy and dystopian.

Verdict- Buy

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

May 15, 2018

By Jenny Naughton

JENNY NAUGHTON and her husband share their 1930's era Chicago home with four sons and a daughter. A voracious reader, Jen reviews books before their release for dozens of publishers on her page: Windy City Reader. Jen also blogs (on WordPress!) about classical, mostly secular, home education at Good Enough Homeschool.
In her spare time, she runs an online book club for teens and helps other home educating family match their kids with the perfect book for them.
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