Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

| February 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

Gabriel FinleyWhat if a riddle could save your life? It’s the question asked on the Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle book cover. It’s also a great teaser for the story so enchanting that it captivated our tween daughters and several adults. Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle brings together so many elements tweens and teens enjoy from fantasy to riddles to family secrets to villains.

The story starts with a tween who lives with his adoring aunt and some family secrets. His mother disappeared when he was too young to remember her. His father disappeared when he was nine. His aunt doesn’t believe they are dead, but she doesn’t know where they are either.  Shortly after Gabriel turns 12, strange things begin to happen. He finds a clue to his father’s fate, which sends him on a journey filled with a fantasy world. This is where the story takes off.

Gabriel, with his friends Abby and Pamela, set off on an adventure to find his father. Along the way they discover a desk with human qualities, Ravens that can communicate with people and a strong friendship between three unlikely people. It’s a delightful tale glued together with riddles that give clues and entertain the readers. Throughout the story, riddles play an important role in helping Gabriel and his friends determine who is good and who is evil. The book press release describes the allure of riddles throughout history by saying, “From Homer to the Bible, Norse Mythology to the Mad Hatter, the allure of riddles — as games, signs of intelligence, humorous word play, and a trickster’s tool for challenging an opponent, has been part of our culture. Data shows riddles going back nearly 4,000 years to the culture of Sumaria.” Throughout the book, the riddles are an effective tool used with great wit on a colorful cast of people and animals.

Author George Hagen is the award-winning author of two novels for adults:  The Laments and Tom Bedlam. Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle, his first book for tweens, is a fun, interesting read worthy of a series. At least our girls are hoping it will become a series and so am I.

For more information or to purchase visit Random House or George Hagen’s website.


Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of  Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle.


Disclosure: I did receive a review copy of the book. My words and opinions are my own.



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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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