Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
This is a children's novel that many adults will enjoy. It was enchanting and sometimes scary. Great for teaching children that there are consequences to their actions. I will probably end up paying full price for book two since it was just released May 1st (and made the NYTBSL at #8 for children's novels).
I read about Fablehaven on the Six LDS Writers and a Frog website (you will neet to scroll down to May 15th) and wanted to read it. I ordered it and when the book arrived David asked what it was and I told him it was a youth novel I planned to read and that he and I could read together. He took it and was looking at it when I suggested he read the back. He did so without a problem. I then asked him if he wanted to try and read it by himself letting him know that most 7 year olds would not be able to read it. He took the book and is now on chapter seven and seems to be really enjoying it. I was only able to read a few pages now and then when he sets it down or forgets to take it to school.
For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite...
Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, an arcane evil is unleashed, forcing Kendra and Seth to face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears most.