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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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

Release Date - August 26, 2014

George Hagen
Scott Bakal
Schwartz & Wade

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Gabriel Finley is like many other middle schoolers, but he's missing his mother, who vanished when he was young, and his father who abruptly left one day and has yet to return. With his 12th birthday soon to arrive, Gabriel would really like to know what happened to his father.

One his birthday, he receives a present from his father, it's an unusual key. That key leads him to a magical desk that hides a secret journal kept by Gabriel's father. It's this journal that begins to reveal the truth. This truth involves both good and evil ravens. Gabriel and his friends team up to discover the truth and find out what happened to Gabriel's dad.

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle is an action-packed middle-grade reader. With the mix of riddles, some are easy to solve and others are much more difficult, children will not only read the book, but it's going to get their minds working as they try to solve the riddles before the characters.

There is a slightly creepy aspect to the story thanks to the evil valravens, but it's not too scary. Overall, Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle is the kind of book my son would have loved when he was between the ages of 8 and 10, just before he discovered the Harry Potter and the Artemis Fowl series.

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