James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1961


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 790L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level S


Interest Level: Grades 4-5


Major Awards: 1982 Massachusetts Children’s Award


Number of Pages: 176 pages


Approximate Word Count: 53,680 words -- The average reader will spend 3 hours and 34 minutes reading James and the Giant Peach at 250 words per minute.


Audible Book Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins


Book Themes: Freindship, Escape from Abuse, Abandonment, Transformation


Genre: Fantasy


Setting: England to New York


Important Quote: I'd rather be fried alive and eaten by Mexicans.


First Line: Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had had a happy life.


Point of View: Third Person

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