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Fablehaven Hardcover – June 14, 2006
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Kept me turning the pages until 4:40 in themorning . . . deep, intriguing, magical . . .one of the most enjoyable fantasies I ve read. --Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of Eragon"
Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in afamily with as much pleasure for grownups as for children. --Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game"
-Kept me turning the pages until 4:40 in the morning . . . deep, intriguing, magical . . . one of the most enjoyable fantasies I've read.---Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of Eragon
-Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grownups as for children.---Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game
"Kept me turning the pages until 4:40 in the morning . . . deep, intriguing, magical . . . one of the most enjoyable fantasies I've read."--Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of Eragon
"Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grownups as for children."--Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game
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These authors had the following to say about Fablehaven.
The dialogue snaps and sizzles...like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grownups as for children....do yourself a favor, and don't miss the first novel by a writer who is clearly going to be a major figure in popular fantasy." - Orson Scott Card, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Imagination runs wild in Fablehaven. It is a lucky book that can hold this kind of story." - Obert Skye, Author of Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo
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This book was a perfect choice. It was fascinating, engaging and sparked that love for adventure and fantasy through reading that the kids were lacking.
The kids were so enthralled with the book that over half, including the "reluctant" readers, began reading ahead. After the group finished the books, ALL of the children continued the series on their own and say the next books in the series are also great.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book (I read chapters ahead of the kids). I would recommend it to anyone 3rd grade (for content) or older with a reading level of at least 4th grade. My daughter, another Fablehaven fan, teaches a mixed grade, 4-6, and feels it is a good read for any of that age group also.
The kids have been talking about reading Brandon Mull's Beyonders series and I know that it is very different from the style in Fablehaven. So I decided to read it instead of continuing the Fablehaven series for myself (wish I had time to do both). I am about 1/2 finished with the first Beyonder, A World Without Heroes. If you have read that book, I can give you some reading comparison. The interest level for Beyonders is for an older student, I'd say 5th and above while Scholastic Book Wizard gives it a 6-8 grade interest level. The actual reading level is listed at only 2 months above Fablehaven's 4.2 so the actual reading levels are close. The series are nothing, under line nothing, alike.
I would call Fablehaven true fantasy. A great adventure. But more than that, it was the hook I needed to get reading books to become a chosen past time.
Let's get this out of the way. Seth is among the most annoyingly stupid characters in this book. He seemingly does not ever learn his lesson and gets both himself and the world in trouble with his constant disobedience. Now Kendra is another story. She is the long suffering older sister who has enough brains and insight that she is the hero of our story. And she is the one who will somehow have to save her family and the world when Seth screws up again.
Fablehaven is the first of five books. It's a good introduction and leaves one wanting more. Provided more includes Seth actually using his brain. I particularly liked the exploration of fairies in the book and hope we get to see more of this magical world.
Now, all the complaining aside, here is what I liked. I liked the idea of the preserve. I would like to visit there. I liked that the kids had to figure out for themselves what was going on. I liked the potential for epic creature interactions...although I think that could have been capitalized on more.
So, I liked it okay. I think that as a children's book it is decently engaging. I might try it out on my twelve year old and get his opinion.