Monday, July 21, 2014

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen; illustrated by Scott Bakal

Gabriel's mother is merely a figment of his imagination.  She's been gone a long time.  When his father disappears, too, Gabriel is determined to get him back.  But how?

Schwartz & Wade and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 28th and is written for middle graders.

This is quite a tale.  Enter the land of make believe and search for a staff and a talisman that will help Gabriel find his father.  It's good that he has some friends; it would impossible alone.  One of his most unique friends is a raven.  They can speak to each other telepathically and there's more possible.  But Gabriel hasn't learned that yet.

There's a bit of bullying, a real different girl who never wears normal clothes, a quiet shy girl, and Gabriel.  He meets an odd man who says he wants to save Gabriel's father but needs his help.  He sure does, but not to save dad.  He has another motive in mind.

It's very action packed, fast moving, and thrilling for young readers.  Even those who are reluctant readers will probably be pulled in by the story line and worry for the young characters.  It's not a short book, but it's a quick read because you don't stop reading!

Also, I believe Gabriel will be back.  After all, they haven't found his Mom yet.

Happy reading.

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