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Broken Branch Falls

(Beast World #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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Doing homework for bully ogres and getting laughed at as the butt of pixie pranks, Gabe is tired of his goblin life. When he and his friends step out of their nerdy stereotype and pull a prank of their own on the dragons at the first football game, it literally backfires, bringing a High Council vote to dismantle not
Paperback, 268 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published June 22nd 2014)
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Chrys Fey
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the first few sentences I knew this story was unique. The characters are goblins, elves, pixies and ogres, and they go to Gingko High where they learn many subjects including Human Civilizations. Humans are extinct and the species in this book don’t even believe humans were real!

Tara Tyler does an amazing job immersing us into this world and describing the characters. Although so many species are packed together in Broken Branch Falls and Gingko High, segregation is forced. That doesn’t st
Alex Cavanaugh
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Young adult is not my genre, especially as I am many, many years removed from that age group. However, I really enjoyed Broken Branch Falls. Gabe the goblin is the main character and I think everyone can identify with his awkwardness and desire for more. The author really nailed the school settings. A great story about accepting other people/races and not being stereotyped.
Sharon Bayliss
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Broken Branch Falls is the story of Gabe, a free-thinking 15 year old goblin at an experimental integrated high school where four magical creatures (goblins, ogres, pixies, and elves) co-exist but are expected to stay separate. Gabe secretly wants to break out goblin stereotypes and play sports with the ogres. He unexpectedly gets his wish when he's forced on the football team as a punishment. To the distress of the High Council, Gabe's punishment backfires and he begins a trend of inter-species ...more
Nicki Elson
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To describe Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler in one word: delightful.

To describe it in a lot of words...
Gabe the Goblin's life isn't really all that different from that of the average teen---grappling with the cliques at school, feeling like he doesn't quite belong where everyone expects him to be, and crushing on the unattainable girl. I adored the little touches added to the Broken Branch world, like Looky Links and MeStar, that make it like our world but with a silly twist.Tara balances Gabe
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

I receive many offers to review books and try to pick ones that I believe are going to be exceptional or useful to my readers. Recently, I was offered a copy of Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler to review. I was intrigued by its unique story line and knew I would enjoy it. Well, I just finished reading Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler and I am excited to tell you about it!

Although based on fictional characters and situations, Broken Branch Falls is one of those thought provoking bo
Jemi Fraser
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Goblins and Ogres and Pixies, Oh my!
This is a fabulous MG adventure with wonderful world-building that immerses you right into the story. Gabe, the main character, or should I say the main goblin, gets himself into trouble after a prank gone terribly wrong. That mistake starts Gabe on a series of adventures with companions from many of the other beasts populating his world.
Gabe and his friends don't agree with the adults who dictate who they should befriend and what activities they should enjoy.
Michael Di Gesu
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
HAVE you ever dreamed of creatures just steps away living in your nearby forest?  

One can only guess what or who is lurking within the trees, ravines, brooks, or under foot.

Are they friend, or foe?

Are they zombies, ready to eat your brains?

Or fairies to delight and entertain you with their grace and charm?

Perhaps mischievous elves, wanting to place you under their spell?

What about frolicking water nymphs, to serenade and calm you with a  tranquil dance.

Or maybe, just maybe, something more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! It was an incredible read, with such an important message. Despite the cover, it is a book for both boys and girls.

Gabe is a goblin, stuck in a high school with other creatures. Each species is regulated to certain aspects of life, activity and creativity. Ogres are the only ones who can play sports. Goblins are the only ones who can play instruments. And inter-species fraternization is heavily frowned upon. The First Law states that species need to remain pure…

After one s
Elle Klass
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler is a skillfully written young adult novel that delves into topics such as racial bias, and human stubbornness and unwillingness to change. She uses characters (beasts) vampires, goblins, ogres, werewolves and more along with humor to bring the highly touchy content to a child’s level.

Broken Branch Falls is a town that includes a mixture of species. Each species has their talents and specialties. The children go to school together, but aren’t allowed to intermin
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At Gingko High in Broken Branch Falls, every beast sticks to their stereotype to maintain world peace. Then goblin Gabe messes up a prank at a football game. Cue insurmountable quest!

Broken Branch Falls is a fun and original take on the dramas of fitting in and finding oneself in the social jungle of high school. Likeable characters and plenty of incidental humour make the story very easy to fall into and a steady forwar
C. McKenzie
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Gabe, a goblin flugelhorn player, pranks the ogre football team and is caught, his punishment is to play on that team. That's unheard of in Broken Branch. Species don't mix, or do they? Then something the school officials don't expect happens. Gabe, the goblin, and the ogres start to hit it off. In fact, Gabe teaches them some plays that allow Ginko High to win their first game. As fraternization increases on campus, The Town Council decides it's time to put a halt to it. They will tear dow ...more
Christine Rains
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If Gabe told anyone he'd like to try a sport, everyone would laugh at him. Goblins are the nerds of the community, and they aren't allowed to step out of their role. Yet when Gabe and his friends do, chaos erupts and the High Council votes to segregate all the beasts. Desperate to make sure this doesn't happen, Gabe and his friends go on a quest to retrieve the Book of Ages which is a hidden tome filled with knowledge that might help them. It's their only chance, but can they work together to co ...more
Sarah Foster
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read. Gabe was a quirky character and it was fun to get inside his head. When the story begins, he's just like any other awkward teenager (even though he's a goblin), but as the story progresses, it takes a different turn and Gabe and his friends go on a quest to save their town from being torn apart. I just loved the descriptions of all of the beasts Gabe lives with and the ones he encounters during his quest. The idea of the different species wanting to coexist sends a great mes ...more
Amanda Northrup
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: teamchallenge3
3.5 A fun quest novel with strong messages of accepting differences and avoiding stereotypes. I really enjoyed this world and its characters. Set at a time when humans are extinct and becoming mythological, and Earth is now populated by ogres, goblins, trolls, dragons, mermaids, vampires, etc... this book has a well-crafted, engaging world, even though the plot is a bit cliche.

My only difficulty with Broken Branch Falls was the occasionally clunky writing. Some things were just way too obvious.
T.E. Antonino
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We are one!
"Broken Branch Falls" is written for children, but encompasses ideas that we should all take to heart. The author covers topics that have been debated since the beginning of time. Like how our differences should or should not affect our relationships with each other. Gabe, a young goblin, goes on an adventure with other mystical creatures. They try to find a book that will help save their town, but more importantly the book will shed light on how their physical differences shouldn’t b
 Reading Reindeer
On the surface, here's a delightfully smooth, well-characterized fantasy-fable centering on a young, highly intelligent goblin and his experiences with friends, pranks that slip their bounds, and high school bullying. That's fine. It can be read and enjoyed for that level alone. But deeper is a level addressing serious issues: bigotry, ethnic narcissism, contempt for other species, and ethnic isolationism. Gabe is a young goblin with a high intellectual capacity; he is both self-analytical, and ...more
T.B. Markinson
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Goblins, elves, pixies, ogres, vampires, and others abound in this fun, imaginative, and entertaining MG fantasy novel. Gabe is your typical teenager, even if he’s a goblin. He wants to do what he wants to do, including playing sports. However, in his segregated town that’s not allowed. When Gabe and his friends start to circumvent the rules, the High Council decides to take the segregation to the next level. Can Gabe stop the High Council from destroying progress?

This is a wonderfully peculiar
Kenneth Morris
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is funny and reminiscent of Robert Aspirin and his Myth Series. Definitely geared to YA, this story covers some young high school students trying to learn more about the world than their teachers provide. Sure the cover shows 'monsters', but there's nothing too monstrous here. Get ready for an adventure and discovery with the students of Ginko High School. I noticed a few typos here and there, but nothing too distracting.
Lorraine Baker
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-fiction
Even though this book is for the younger teen reader as an adult I loved it. The characters were fun and the book delivers a good message. A must read in this age of different ethnics living together. A delightful book. Thankyou to netgalley for advancing me a copy.
Tammy Theriault
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Simply funny, adventurous and perfect for adults and kids to enjoy!!! My son will LOVE this ;)-
EJ Roberts
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
“First Law of Beasts: Each species will keep itself pure.”

Gabe is tired of being told what he can do, merely because he’s a goblin. Going to school with other species, he sees what others can do and wishes he could try something new. He’s tired of only being allowed to do what is expected of his species. When a prank goes wrong, which is normally the territory of the pixies, his punishment backfires. Now with the integrated school of Broken Branch Falls about to be destroyed, along with the enti
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Such a fun book not only for middle grade readers, but for adults as well! Tyler does a great job capturing the angst of those teenaged years and showing how young people can challenge society to be better. I love the fantastical world she's created and how she depicts the various beasts that populate it. I think my favorite species are the ogres. Or maybe it's the dragons? Possibly the goblins? The werewolves? Actually, it's too hard to decide - they're all so much fun to read about!

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Felicity Terry
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Each slightly longer than the last each book contains some great illustrations and with fairly short chapters make for easy bedtime reading ... though be warned the lure of just another page, another chapter might prove too irresistible. Whilst each can be read as a stand alone read they should ideally be read in order from the beginning if your not wanting to miss out on any of the fun.

Full of memorable characters that I found it impossible not to invest in inhabiting a world that is at once f
Tonja Drecker
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wondering what happens after all humans disappear? Fantastical creatures develop (elves, trolls, dragons...) and their world isn't that much different than our own...well, in many respects, anyway.

The high school goblin Gabe should be intelligent, a geek and stick to his own kind. That's what all creatures do - never mingle with other species, although they go to school and live with each other everyday. They have to stick to their stereotypes too - ogres play sports and are stupid, goblins are
Sherry Ellis
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There's a motley crew of goblins, pixies, ogres, dragons, and werewolves at the school known as Gingko High in the town of Broken Branch Falls. Trouble is, these creatures aren't supposed to interact with each other. Why? The High Council says bad things will happen if they do. When Gabe, the goblin, is caught meeting with a cute ogre, things are turned upside down. This leads to a quest to find a very important book, which in the process, creates some strong, unlikely friendships.

Broken Branch
Medeia Sharif
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in a world of goblins, ogres, and other creatures. Humans don’t exist anymore and they’re the ones who are part of legends, fables, and myths. Because this wide variety of creatures is together, they have fostered biases, stereotypes, and inequalities. Will they ever coexist peacefully?

Within this setting there’s a group of young creatures, headed by Gabe the goblin, who desire to find The Book of Ages and save their town, Broken Branch Falls, from being further divided by
Jan farnworth
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the great start to an very interesting middle grade novel that introduce you to situations much like we encounter in our everyday world where you got whole towns made up of instead of various races their are different creatures that are meant to live together but they are to remain separate to keep pure and this does not stick well with our main character. He sets off the wild adventure with a few good friends of course to prove the high council wrong. I can not wait to dive into book tw ...more
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Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband.

Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action,

Other books in the series

Beast World (3 books)
  • Cradle Rock (Beast World #2)
  • Windy Hollow (Beast World #3)

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