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Francesca "Frankie" is an ordinary high-school girl with some, if not most, of the problems one associates with high-school girls. Then, one day, as she was calling her dog Balkin home to dinner, she suddenly found herself confronted by what she first thought was a dragon. Further investigation revealed that the creature was in fact a griffin--half lion, half eagle--from a parallel world. (The griffin's name was and is Balkind...hence the mix-up.) What happens next, and it's a LOT, I'll leave for you to discover...
Julia Hughes is, first and foremost, a natural teller of tales. THE GRIFFIN CRYER is of course a fantasy, but as I read, I had no trouble in suspending my disbelief for the duration. Neither will you. Hughes's use of sensory details, especially the often-overlooked ones of scent and touch, draw the reader naturally into the story world she's created, no matter how fantastic. And you'll find yourself pulling not only for Frankie, but also for the Griffin and his mysterious Rider, who have problems and enemies of their own to confront.
The technical aspects of the book (formatting, cover, and so on) are excellent. Using our system, we award five out of five in that category, and also give full marks for the story itself. We recommend THE GRIFFIN CRYER unreservedly.
"The Griffin Cryer" was a good book. Frankie is a fun character who grows exponentially within the scope of the story-line. There are certain elements that the reader can anticipate the end result from introduction but the journey is the point and Hughes gives us a compelling progression. Frankie has a good parent and step-parent that are willing to stand beside her though they have their own worries and problems. She has friends that she never realized she had ... and a boy she never thought she could have.
The baddies are a bit brutal in this novel though no more so than in the Harry Potter series (though in a vastly different way). If I were to give this novel to my 11-year-old to read (and we have talked about her reading it), I'd want to discuss the baddies with her. I think the level of violence is suitably appropriate for someone 13+ when children understand that this is just a novel and that sometimes people are just horrible jerks but this is fiction so rarely to the extent we see in the work. That said the baddies, though exceptionally well-written, are not the point of the story. The point seems to be a beautiful progression within Frankie herself.
The pacing towards the middle dragged a little, and I found the character of Ford to be more of a plot device than a person (he showed some signs of humor, but we spent so little time with him for the role he purportedly played in Frankie's life, that he felt like cardboard). Similarly, I had a hard time believing in the depth and reality of Frankie's friendships with various other girls in her class, and how they changed.
However, the emotional climax of this book was well done, requiring Frankie to step up and face her fears and rescue someone on her own. While there is a separate climax to resolve a different thread of the story, the emotional climax is the one that made this book for me.
Our protagonist, Francesca (aka Frankie), is a smack-talking, laid back, red-haired beauty who finds herself in an interesting predicament when she calls out for her dog Bally only to have a real life griffin answer. I thought the griffin “Balkind” was interesting not only because griffins are cool, but also because he is so well-described, with his own quirks and personality traits, that he’s not just a prop in the story but a character in his own right.
When Balkind heeds Frankie’s call, the griffin doesn’t come alone. He’s accompanied by a mysterious Rider who’s lost his way and needs to return to his own world. I enjoyed how the Rider has relatable setbacks and flaws which add more layers to him. Sometimes I did find myself wanting to find out more about him and the Ella-Earth that he comes from, but I’m sure Ms. Hughes is saving that for the next book!
As a reader you immediately sympathize with Frankie, especially when you see her daily struggles of wanting to find a place to belong (as most teenagers do), the terrible bully who gives her grief, and her relationship with her brother (Michael). I felt like the mom was a bit off to the side, though what I did note about her was her amazing dedication to her kids. I LOVED Tony (step dad) who really stepped forward and defended Frankie when needed.
The villains of the story played their roles well, and several of them I just wanted to punch. I could see how some people would want to manipulate or use knowledge of griffins (or the parallel earth known a “Ella-Earth”), so it was interesting to see their motivations to play out and how Frankie, Rider and the griffin fought against them.
I won’t say how the story ends (don’t want to spoil you), but it looks like we’re in for a sequel and I WILL be reading the next installment :-)