Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle #1
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|Crookston Public Library||J HAG (Text)||33500011937380||Main||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9780385371056 (ebk)
- ISBN: 0385371047 (glb)
- ISBN: 0385371039 (hbk.)
- ISBN: 9780385371032 (hbk.)
- ISBN: 9780385371049 (glb)
371 pages : map ; 22 cm
- Edition: First Edition.
- Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 
|Summary, etc.:||Eleven-year-old Gabriel, with the help of the young raven Paladin, which whom he has a magical bond, travels to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face challenges and unanswerable riddles to rescue his long-missing father.|
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 September #1
*Starred Review* Gabriel Finley has lived in his Brooklyn brownstone with his aunt since his father disappeared several years earlier. His mother has been gone since he was a baby. The thing he enjoys most is solving riddles, unaware that this skill will be essential when it comes to finding his father. Adult novelist Hagen offers a first-rate fantasy for middle-grade readers that pulls elements from other great stories. Like Harry Potter, Gabriel must use all his wits to secure two magical objects from a dark lord, his evil uncle Corax, who is part human, part raven. Like Lyra in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, Gabriel has a daemon, the young raven Paladin, with whom his life is intertwined. And like Reynie in Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society books, Gabriel surrounds himself with a group of offbeat friends who each have their own problems to solve. Yet this story, told from several points of view, is fresh: full of ravens, riddles, and the ongoing urge to make things right in a world where much has gone wrong. Though the narrative is a bit choppy in places, the characters carry the day, with their humor and strength. Humor is, in fact, one of the book's selling points, often in the form of the characters' witty repartee. Middle-graders looking for a soaring fantasy that's not too hard, not too easy, will find this just right. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
George Hagen is the author of two novels for adults: The Laments, a Washington Post bestseller and recipient of the William Saroyan International Prize for writing, whichPublishers Weekly called âa funny, touching novel about the meaning of family;â andTom Bedlam, which was described by Booklist as âDickensian in scope and spirit. . . . Shot through with humor, and populated with a cast of eccentric charmers.â
George had lived on three continents by the time he was twelve. The father of three children, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first book for kids. To learn more about the author, visit georgehagen.com.