Title: Prince Caspian
Author: C. S. Lewis
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia
Approximate reading level: 8th grade
Summary: Caspian is the next in line to become king of Narnia--that is, until his uncle Miraz takes over. So, when Miraz has a son, Caspian's life is in danger. He flees, and eventually calls the High King Peter, and his brother and sisters King Edmund and Queens Susan and Lucy by magic back to help him regain his rightful place and to bring Narnia back to its former glory with talking beasts and living trees. Although ages have passed in Narnia since they were last here, it's been only one year for the children in England. But magic is magic, after all, and it doesn't take long for them to regain their royal abilities they learned earlier in Narnia.
Review: Some children may be disturbed or frightened by the account of Caspian's life being in danger at the hand of his own family. As in other Narnian stories, there are battle scenes--however, they are not described in gruesome detail, again, like in the other books. The book can be appropriate for older children to read on their own, or to be read to younger children.
**** Four stars