Daniel Recommends: THE DARK PORTAL

Eighth grader Daniel Romero  from Hillsboro, Oregon recommends. . .

The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis

There is a book you should read called The Dark Portal. This book is an action-packed fantasy book! Mice live in a perfect sanctuary they call “the skirtlings.” Most characters in this book are mice and other small animals such as rats and bats. The story takes place in the skirtlings where a mouse named Adriana is attending a ceremony to get her brass. When a mouse receives his or her brass, it determines what job they will have as an adult. Adriana finally receives her brass and finds out her dad went missing. She and her brother and a couple of friends go searching in the sewers in hopes of finding her dad. Along the way they encounter rats who try to take them to the evil lord of rats, Jupiter. They go back home with no dad. If you want to know the rest read this book!

First of all, here are some reasons you should read this fantastic book. Right now you’re probably thinking “A book about mice.  Lame.” But I’m here to convince you it’s not! This book can and will mesmerize you. This book mesmerizes you with its action, suspense and even a little bit of humor. This book’s mood can vary from lighthearted and fun in the skirtlings, to dark gloomy and suspenseful in the sewers.

I think you should give this book the chance it deserves to be read. I think this because the book is not boring at all! It’s not like reading a dictionary where you will throw it out a window after five seconds. This book keeps you entertained with all its different plots and all the different things happening.

In the end this is a fun book to read so you should turn on that fireplace, grab a cup of tea, relax, and read the heck out of this book!


Several of Daniel’s classmates have also allowed us to publish reviews of what they’re currently reading.  And for recommendations from kids of all ages, check out our Kids Recommend section.


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