GABRIEL FINLEY AND THE RAVEN'S RIDDLE
New York : Scwartz & Wade, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.8
Gabriel Finley knew little about ravens, but was soon to learn a good deal more. When he rescued an orphaned baby raven named Paladin, he discovered his family’s long-kept secret: the Finelys had a special bond with these birds…they could talk with them, receive their protection, and even briefly blend into the bodies of their familiars for adventures in flight.
Gabriel loved riddles…his father had been a master of riddles right up until the day he disappeared. Aunt Jaz seemed to know a lot more than she was telling about his dad’s current whereabouts. With the help of Paladin and a very reluctant writing desk, he just might be able to rescue his dad from the clutches of the evil Corax.
Brooklyn to Aviopolis, a thrilling adventure,
indeed! (Booktalk by the NH Great
Stone Face Committee)
Twelve-year-old Gabriel Finley must accomplish a monstrous task. To do so, he will have to overcome daunting obstacles, including: a tangle of ingenious riddles, a spiteful necklace called a torc, and flocks of evil valravens. Young Finley is not completely unprepared for his quest. His father, Adam Finley, prepared Gabriel by telling him a riddle every day until the day he vanished three years ago. Nor will he face these obstacles alone. He rescues an orphaned young raven named Paladin, and discovers that he has the power (as did his father) of bonding with him. This bond allows them to share thoughts, speak aloud to one another, and even merge with the raven to fly. Paladin, an adventurer named Septimus and three heroic friends accompany Gabriel on his quest to find the torc and bring his father home. The intrepid band’s journey will take them from the heights of New York City to the depths of Aviopolis. This book is a fantasy adventure filled with unforgettable characters, challenging riddles, and magic around every corner. (Prepared by: Leslie Cooper, Stiles Point Elementary, email@example.com, South Carolina Book Awards, 2017)
When Gabriel rescues a baby raven, he discovers people in his family can bond with ravens in fantastic ways. He goes on a quest with three brave friends and his raven to try to rescue his missing father, solving riddles and avoiding flocks of vicious birds along the way. (Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award nominee, 2018)
|SUBJECTS: Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Ravens == Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.