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The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
Framed in Lace by Monica Ferris
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
No by Claudia Rueda
Pigmalion by Glenda Leznoff
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 10 by CLAMP
The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Waluk by Emilo Ruiz
Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark
Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love by Jim Ottaviani
You and Me by Susan Verde

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle: 10/29/15

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen: TGabriel loves riddles, word games, codes, and other puzzles.

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen is an urban fantasy about a boy learning his family's connection to a society of magical ravens. But there's a heavy price to pay and previous members of his family have gone missing because of it.

Besides being told from Gabriel's point of view, there are also the ravens who are frankly avian embodiments of the worst of American racism. Basically ravens have developed a coded language based on riddles to hide their xenophobia.

Of course our hero Gabriel loves riddles, word games, codes, and other puzzles. Mind you he doesn't have any other social skills so he's the perfect patsy for these "brave" ravens. Really, for a kid who we are told over and over again is really smart, really isn't. Beware, dear reader, of informed attributes.

But the thing that finally did me in and earned this book a "did not finish" one star was its tone. Though the book is 384 pages, it's written at a level more appropriate not for middle graders but for second graders. This book might as well be Junie B. Jones's idiot cousin meets some ravens.

One star

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