Posted: July 23, 2013 in Children's, Reviews
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Author:  Brandon Mull

Paperback, 351 pages

Published in 2006 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Reader Category:  Younger

AR Book Level: 4.8

From the Publisher: For centuries mystical creatures were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction.  The sanctuary is one of the last strongholds of true magic.  Enchanting?  Absolutely.  Exciting?  You bet.  Safe?  Well, actually, quite the opposite…

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.  Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies.  However, when the rules get broken, powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother must face the greatest challenge of their lives to save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world.

My Review:  This is an adventure not unlike the Spiderwick Chronicles that involves many exciting magical creatures and the children that must keep them safe.  When Kendra and her brother reluctantly stay for a visit with their grandparents, they have no idea the fantastical world they will encounter.  After a few hiccups, the children are entrusted with the basic secrets of Fablehaven.  When Midsummer Eve arrives, all of Fablehaven is threatened.  The children must now transform their grandmother back to her human state and race to save the preserve they love from the Society of the Evening Star.

My son and I spent many late nights reading this book out loud.  He often would refuse to turn out the lights until we read just one last page!  I would recommend this to all fantasy lovers.


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