Friday, August 1, 2014

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle
by George Hagen

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
ISBN: 9780385371032
Genre: Age Level: 9 - 12 - Fantasy
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A fast-paced, exciting—and emotionally rich—fantasy
novel for middle graders that reads like a cross between Harry Potter and The Phantom Tollbooth.
How can 11-year-old Gabriel find his missing father,
who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help
of Paladin—a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature—he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series
of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could
lead to his father . . . or to his death.

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's RiddleMy Review
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen

Designed for middle grade readers on up, Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen has moments of delightful fancy, as well as demonstrations of family love and the determination of one boy to find the father he thought he had lost forever. A little on the dark and serious side, Gabriel goes son a mission to uncover the truth of what happened to his father several years before. Tales of cursed ravens abound and the only way to tell a good raven from a bad rave is to give them a riddle to solve. The demon ravens cannot do it, thereby singling them out. But who is behind the ravens and the disappearance of those around Gabriel? Can all adults be trusted? With only his friends by his side, Gabriel sometimes bites off more than he can chew, but hey, what are friends for, if not to help you out in times of trouble. At the end of his journey, who/what will Gabriel find? Will he discover the truth, that fact and fiction can meet somewhere in between reality and fancy? Will he feel closer to a town that has laughed in his family’s face/

Old secrets come to life, in this well-paced, detailed fantasy for younger readers. I would recommend this to an avid young reader due to its length . If your child likes to fall into the magic of reading, and they don’t mind a little darkness, I would highly recommend this book to readers everywhere.

I received an ARC edition from Schwartz & Wade in exchange for my honest review.

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