The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

June 26, 2016

This is the first book of the three book Forbidden Library series

If you’ve ever felt like a good book transports you into the story then this is a book for you. The book is about a girl named Alice who is a normal girl who overhears a conversation that changes her life.  After the tragic loss of her father (which she struggles with emotionally in the story) she is sent to live with an uncle she doesn’t know.  She discovers that he has a magical library and despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in magic she is forced to change her mind.   I really like how magic and books are intertwined in the story.  Even though the story follows a girl its not a girly book.  The story is medium paced with spots that are pretty exciting, an overall fast read.  The author uses simple language but very well.  Even though this book is part of a series it could be read on its own, it is the best written of the three however the other two books are definitely worth reading.   There are similarities to the premise of this story and the book Ink Heart however this book is not scary.

AR Points: 11 Lexile Level 920

Percy age 9

Wrap Up

The Forbidden Library


  • combines books and magic
  • no boy/ girl stuff
  • book about self discovery


  • not a great ending

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