The Resource Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle, George Hagen

Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle, George Hagen

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Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle
Title
Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle
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George Hagen
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Gabriel Finley and the raven's riddle
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eng
Summary
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 Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2014
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 5-8 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. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 09-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 1, p112)
  • Aunt Jaz has always evaded Gabriel's questions about his father's disappearance and won't discuss Uncle Corax (whose unpleasant, bird-of-prey visage hangs among the family portraits in their Brooklyn mansion); then shortly before Gabriel's 12th birthday, she gives him his father's childhood notebook, which reveals the magical bond between humans and ravens. Simultaneously, Paladin, a raven chick being raised by his mother nearby, learns that Gabriel's family, like his own, possesses the rare ability to communicate across species and that when a human and raven form a close amicus bond, the two can join together in one body, human or raven. Paladin's mother explains how riddles—funny ones, especially—which ravens love, protect them from their ancient enemies, valravens, avian ghouls whose inability to appreciate riddles gives them away. The first valraven, Huginn, born a raven like his brother, Muninn, sought immortality from a cursed, magical torc that promised him eternal life if he consumed the flesh of his dead amicus. Now Valravens seek the torc again while Gabriel and Paladin—supported and hindered by a cast of quirky characters, male and female, human and avian—vow to stop them and rescue Gabriel's father from the underground city of Aviopolis. Hagen's first children's book, flavored with Norse mythology, is brimful of antic energy and inventive flair, like the best middle-grade fantasies; readers, like baby birds, will devour it and clamor for future installments. (Fantasy. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10376865
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hagen, George
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 9-12
  • 670L
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Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.0
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True
Series statement
Gabriel Finley
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Voyages and travels
  • Magic
  • Missing persons
  • Ravens
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle, George Hagen
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  • volume
  • sheet
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  • nc
  • nb
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  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
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  • text
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
  • cri
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9780385371049
Lccn
2013032533
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, map
Label
Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle, George Hagen
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9780385371049
Lccn
2013032533
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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