I recently read the book Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagan. This is the review of this book (I am not being paid to give this review).
This book is a great fantasy adventure that gets the reader enthralled in the story. It is about a boy who goes on an adventure to find his father who disappeared without a trace. Using his skills in solving riddles, he is able to solve the clues to get closer to his father. Gabriel is able to face valravens (the bad ravens) and become friends with other talking birds. Meanwhile he has to work hard from being attacked my dangerous ravens. The riddles are wonderfully written and really helped make the story enjoyable.
This would be great to use in class discussions on families, relatives of all types, child abuse, friendships, and even animal cruelty. There are great opportunities for vocabulary development, puns, solving riddles as well as improving comprehension skills.
I loved this book and didn’t want to put it down! Not just because of the educational aspects of the book but because it was a fun story to read. I think it would be great in a middle school or high school library and I think most students would enjoy this also. I think boys as well as girls would enjoy this book. If you get a chance to read this book, please give it a chance.