Though this series was originally published in the 1980s, it clearly still speaks to my students. Follett's Titlewave lists it as as AD (Adult-level), but my husband says there is nothing in it that would be of concern for middle school readers. I have also not had any student or parent mention any content concerns with the series.
As I currently work at a British international school, I checked to make sure this series was available in the USA. It is available on Titlewave, but if you can get your hands on the British version, the front cover is much more appealing. This is the cover we have in our library right now (it's the UK version):
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Yep, much more appealing for middle school readers. The USA version at the top of this post looks more like a historical romance than epic fantasy. I think it also looks kind of "girly."
TIPS FOR BOOKTALKING THIS SERIES: I am a big proponent of booktalking a wide variety of titles, even if you haven't read them. It does take some practice, but if you only booktalk books you have read, your students are missing out on great titles that you haven't read. The truth is, you can't read everything in your library. Some tips for booktalking this series:
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