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Don't go messing with these fairies!

Life is so unfair. Kendra and her younger brother, Seth, are dreading spending time with their grandfather Sorenson while their parents go on a seventeen-day Scandinavian cruise with their aunts and uncles on their mother's side.

Kendra can hardly remember a time she'd spent time with her grandfather or her grandmother. There always seemed to be an excuse.

Now, both the siblings find themselves at Fablehaven, a mysterious place that is gated. Little do they know how mysterious it is.

Seth, being a typical younger brother, disobeys his grandfather's orders not to go into the woods. What he sees there starts off a string of events that forces Kendra to find the courage to do what she fears the most.

I didn't think I'd like this book but once I started reading I couldn't stop. I especially love the descriptions of the fairies. Seth captures one in a canning jar, thinking it would make a pretty pet. Big mistake! Let's just say, you don't leave a fairy outside her protective environment and next to a mirror at night. Not a good combination.

The only thing that bothered me about this book was how I felt Kendra didn't have enough of a backbone. She did everything that her grandfather and Lena, the caretaker told her. But she showed her true colors when she is pushed into saving those she loves.

FABLEHAVEN is a sure hit for younger readers. I read a passage to my nine-year-old neighbor Adela and she was totally engrossed by the mystical creatures that lived on the hidden refuge.

I can't wait for the sequel, which will come out in 2007.


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Nov. 30th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
I really loved the descriptions of the fairies, too.

Kendra's character didn't bother me like it has a lot of people. In fact, I could actually relate to her! There are so many main characters in kids books that are rule-breakers and risk-takers, that I think it was about time someone wrote about a boy or girl who was more of a rule-FOLLOWER.
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