Fablehaven Book 1

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Author: Brandon Mull

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: ****(4 Stars – as rated by Mrs. Sneakyreader)

Summary:


Seth and Kendra are spending time at their grandparents farm, Fablehaven.  While there, they are given a set of strict rules.  Seth becomes curious, and ventures into the nearby forest without permission, where he begins to learn about the magical creatures that inhabit the forest.

The children find out that their grandfather is the caretaker of the magical forest and is tasked with maintaining the balance of good and evil among the creatures who live there.

As Kendra and Seth explore, they accidentally break a protective spell, and their grandfather is abducted by mysterious creatures.  Seth and Kendra must rescue him and restore the balance of power at Fablehaven.

Mrs. Sneakyreader’s Opinion:

I loved Fablehaven.  It is imaginative, humorous, and filled with unexpected plot twists.  I thought the children were unnecessarily rude to each other at times, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story.

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  1. Kendra’s avatar

    Um…Mrs.Sneakyreader? What you call unnecessary rudeness between the siblings shouldn’t take away from your enjoyment of the story. That ‘unnecessary rudeness’ is called ‘normal sibling behavior’. I would say these are ‘realistic confrontations’ between children and that Brandon Mull did a great job of showing what real children are like.

  2. admin’s avatar

    @Kendra,

    Thanks for your comment. It sounds like you and I might disagree on what constitutes rudeness vs. normal sibling behavior. That’s probably the result of our respective home environments during childhood. My parents didn’t allow my siblings and I to talk to each other the way the kids in Fablehaven do. As a result, I grew up thinking such behavior was rude. It sounds like your childhood environment may have been more lenient, so you grew up with a different perspective.

    As I said, the children’s behavior didn’t stop me from enjoying the story; I just thought it was rude. :)

  3. Mariah’s avatar

    I read this book in my English class and enjoyed it…the book was different and humorous but I wish that it would of had a better more “suspenseful” ending instead of being all happy and perfect,(except for Lena)…anyway…over all great book :)

  4. taylor’s avatar

    i love fablehaven so much.it’s like the best book i have ever read beacuse im in to like mysterious creatures and faires and all that good stuff.I just cant wait until all the movies come out.:)

  5. Katie Nichols’s avatar

    i think this book has a little class to it and that you were right mariah it should have a more “suspenseful” ending to it cause it is all happy and it need something like a cliff hanger to go on the end of it for the next book. And they should defiantly make more than three of these. Thank you all for listening and have a fantastic life!

  6. Shelby’s avatar

    Fablehaven was a really good book! I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy worlds (such a Harry Potter). Action, adventure, twists this book has it all. We read it in class and everyone loved it! The only thing i wished would have been better was the end…it should have been more of a series ending. It was too perfect. Anyway, great book:)

  7. zach’s avatar

    i love this book my favorit is hugo

  8. brian’s avatar

    i dissagre with u mrs.sneaky reader “sibiling behavior” is normal you don’t agree with everyone in the world do you? if thats the way you were brought up well thats good for you but i think its normal. And its not like they cursed at each other? but they argued? very normal.

  9. Briana’s avatar

    I loved the book Fablehaven. We started reading it in class but then the school year ended so I went and bought it myself and the 2nd one and the 3rd one and the next one and the next one and it was amazing.

  10. Casey Paulson’s avatar

    Fablehaven is awesome!!! I loved it because it’s about kids. I hate the nerds in some books or the extremely smart ones you get in others. Seth and Kendra were just totally normal kids. I’m reading the second book now and love it just as much as the first.

  11. Casey’s avatar

    Fablehaven is awesome!!! I loved it because it’s about kids. I hate the nerds in some books or the extremely smart ones you get in others. Seth and Kendra were just totally normal kids. I’m reading the second book now and love it just as much as the first.

  12. Jay’s avatar

    This book was amazing I remember reading it for a book report one time and the teacher loved that I was reading above my levle

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