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Finn Finnegan by [Karchut, Darby]
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Length: 219 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 11 Grade Level: 4 - 6

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Finn Finnegan brings classic adventure into a modern day setting for a great read. The Celtic lore in the story is fascinating and gives it an extra richness. This will appeal to all those readers (myself included) who love the idea of a hidden and dangerous world within our own sometimes too ordinary world. -- Dee Garretson, author of Wildfire Run and Wolf Storm

If Lloyd Alexander had written The Ranger's Apprentice, the result might have been something like Finn Finnegan. Fantastic! -- Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall and Ashen Winter

Overall, a great choice for adventure-loving readers who prefer their battle scenes with a hefty dose of ancient weaponry, ground-fighting skills, and just a touch of magic. -- School Library Journal

About the Author

Award-winning author Darby Karchut has long been fascinated by mythology and hero stories from around the world. Drawing from extensive knowledge of world cultures, she blends ancient myths with modern urban life to write stories that relate to young teens today--snark and all. She currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, where she teaches at a junior high school. She enjoys running, biking, and skiing the Rocky Mountains in all types of weather, and owns more backpacks than purses.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2417 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Middle Grade; 1 edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BD73FAG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kaci Guthrie on March 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Darby did it again. She wrote an amazing urban fantasy with characters that are lovable, human, (well, not really, but you know what I mean) and wickedly skilled warriors. Gideon and Finn have a mutual passion for their craft as well as a love and respect for each other. I'm glad that Finn has human friends and that he can share his story with them, even if their parents aren't privy to the information. This is a perfect story and series for middle grade readers, both boys and girls. I am excited for my students to dive in.
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Fáilte. Welcome to a world of knights and magic, goblins and apprentices. A world where crows signal danger and warriors search for a lost Spear needed to save the Tuatha De Danaan (mythical Irish warriors) from the mythical Amandán creatures. Did you know all this adventure is going on in our very own world? Yes, it is. Beware of the people next door. They may not be exactly who you think they are.

In Award Winning Author Darby Karchut’s latest novel for teens, FINN FINNEGAN, thirteen-year-old half human, half De Danaan, Finnegan MacCullen (call him Finn please) is beginning his apprenticeship with Knight Gideon Lir, of the Tuatha De Danaan, who have fought with the Amandáns for thousands of years. Told in alternating points of view between Finn and Gideon, along with journal entries, the author gives us a great glimpse into the minds of both mentor and apprentice as they face the Amandán that are growing in strength and boldness.

After following Griffin and his adventures in Darby Karchut’s Griffin Series (still one book to go), I knew I had to meet the characters in her new series, FINN FINNEGAN. Finn is everything I expected him to be. “Cheeky” (Gideon’s words) and hot-tempered, also sympathetic and loveable. In other words, a teen boy, um, with magical powers. Beautiful imagery places the reader in each scene. For instance, “…the sun spilled over the rim of the earth.” Wow! Puts you right there, doesn’t it? Through Finn’s eyes, I witnessed the new day. I chanted the Song along with Finn while he held his late father’s moonstone meant to reveal the Amandáns’ true form.

Based on Celtic mythology, FINN FINNEGAN is the story of a boy in search of courage and the truth about himself. You’ll laugh with Finn. You’ll cry with Finn.
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All kinds of middle grade awesomeness mingled with Fey, Celtic flair, and magic! We all can appreciate a great apprentice story.

I really enjoyed the MGish feel of the opening to this book. We first meet Finn while he's in the midst of a search. Soon, we discover he's not searching for something but someone--his trainer. As a reader I was thinking, "Trainer for what?" It was a clever beginning, luring me to read more and will definitely intrigue a middle grader.

But proving even more clever was having Finn find that person--a raw and eclectic guy, not to mention huge in stature--rather quickly. At first, such a rapid reveal seemed anti-climatic, but soon it made sense. Because there was more, lots more to come.

The story was filled with adventures and humor. Even some yucky enemies that go splat when illuminated during battle. Yup, they make a mess. The voice is wonderfully MG. Finn can speak boy-middle grade with the best of them. Although parents are absent from Finn's world, Karchut uses his relationship with his trainer, Gideon, to explore the actions, motivations, and hidden thoughts/feelings between a middle grader and a parental figure. Both share parts of themselves through journals, which are public to the reader but private to each other. I really liked this aspect of the story.

The writing flows naturally as does the relationship it creates between Finn and Gideon. The Irish language and dialect Gideon shares with the reader are spot on. Meddling Fey or Fairies with Irish history was genius and quite believable. It was a great way to draw the reader into a never-ending battle that's been hidden from the mortal world for centuries and now depends on Finn's help to keep it hidden.
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I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for providing me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

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Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.
Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish."

The first thing that drew me to this book is the cover. I love the green color. And the title font is totally awesome. The cover really conveys that this book is about something Irish and some kind of "warrior". Immediately, I knew I was going to be intrigued by the story. The cover, combined with the blurb had me really chomping at the bit to get my ARC! And when it came in the mail, I jumped right in.

Finn MacCullen's character is really great. Karchut portrayed a young boy coming into himself so well. He's determined and stubborn.
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