[photopress:Fablehaven_080106.jpg,thumb,pp_style]by Brandon Mull
“Don’t miss the first novel by a writer who is clearly going to be a major figure in popular fantasy.” Orson Scott Card
Thirteen-year-old Kendra, and her eleven-year-old brother, Seth, are not excited by the prospect of spending more than two weeks of their summer vacation at the home of their reclusive grandparents while their parents vacation on a cruise ship. When the kids find that their grandparents live on a sprawling Connecticut estate with a swimming pool and woods to explore, the siblings regain some hope that their holiday will not be wasted. But what they could never have imagined is that their grandfather is actually the caretaker of Fablehaven, a hidden refuge for a host of whimsical creatures: jealous fairies, greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, and spiteful imps.
Children reading Fablehaven will come face-to-face with some of life’s most important lessons: there is great protection in exact obedience; consequences are an essential part of bringing order and justice and harmony; vanity is a weakness that blinds us to what matters most; what we don’t know CAN hurt us; and given the right circumstance, we can find the courage to do what we fear the most. Through her heroism, Kendra shows readers that no challenges are too great, even when they seem insurmountable. (Shadow Mountain, $16.95, hardcover)