Reading level: Ages 9-12
Length: 480 pages
Publisher: Aladdin; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
Language: EnglishKnightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher is quite similar to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Much like young protagonist Harry Potter, orphaned Henry Grim lives in the dark, a small attic that is, at Midsummer School. A commoner, he is the first non-aristocratic invited into the mysterious KnightleyAcademy, where his adventure is just about to begin. Yet Knightley Academy thrives most in its relationships between its main, young characters, Henry, Adam, Frankie & Rohan. Knightley Academy has less to do with medieval battling and more with learning how to be chivalrous knights and reputable ladies. A rather enjoyable, fast read, Knightley Academy is perfect for tweens ages 9-12 who are yearning for strong friendships and fantastic adventures. Its sequel, The Secret Prince, was released on June 28, 2011.
For more fun & adventure, visit the interactive website at: http://knightleyacademy.com/
Note the discrepancy between the grade level recommendations from School Library Journal (SLJ) and BookList. SLJ recommends this book for grades 8 and up while BookList recommends the book for grades 4-8. I tend to agree with Booklist’s age recommendation. The core themes of Knightley Academy include friendship, fantasy & adventure, all of which are perfect for tween readers. I agree with SLJ, however, that the darker edges within Knightley Academy, such as war & medieval battling, may not be appropriate for all readers.