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Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
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Feb 22, 10

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Marcie's Review:

Thirteen- year- old Kendra and eleven- year- old Seth Sorenson are sent to live with their rarely visited grandparents for the summer while their parents tend to a family matter. Passing multiple signs of warning, including one that reads “Certain Death Awaits”, on their drive up to the preserve in a remote area of Connecticut, Kendra and Seth are met by Grandpa Sorenson at the door and are given a set of rules that they must follow. They are restricted to the house, the porch, and the backyard pool. Under no circumstances are they to enter the surrounding forrest. Curious by nature, Seth enters the forrest and encounters a hag tied to a tree stump who ties to persuade to loosen the knots of the rope. Seth runs back to the house and enlists Kendra to help investigate their grandparents secrets. Intrigued by the presence of the hag in the forrest, the peculiar behavior of the butterflies surrounding the pool, the strange absence of their grandmother, and the secrecy among the staff of the preserve, Kendra and Seth begin to unravel the mysteries of Fablehaven. Broken rules, however, soon unleash evil creatures determined to gain control of the preserve where witches, imps, and trolls battle fairies, satyrs, naiads, a golem, and the Sorensons for power.

Fablehaven has appeared on numerous “If you liked Harry Potter...” lists and features strong characters that will appeal to both boys and girls. Though stereotyped at first, Kendra is cautious, kind, and appreciates the beauty of the fairies while Seth is reckless, brash, and is drawn to the darker creatures, they both face challenges that force them to make important choices that will impact the future of their family, Fablehaven, and the world. This book serves as the first in a five part series that dives deeper into the magic of these mystical preserves, introduces characters who can’t always be trusted, and push Kendra and Seth into life and death situations that compel them to do what is right rather than what is easy.

Awards/ Nominations:

Colorado Children's Book Award Master List,
Indian Paintbrush Book Award Master List (WY),
Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Land of Enchantment Children's Master List (NM)
Nene Award Master List (HI)
Nevada Young Readers' Award
Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award Master List
Soaring Eagle Book Award Master List (WY)

Other Books in the Series:

Rise of the Evening star
Grip of the Shadow Plague
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
Keys to the Demon Prison (released March 23, 2010)
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