Fablehaven

Fablehaven

Book - 2007 | First Aladdin Paperbacks edition
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When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
Publisher: New York :, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster Children's Pub.,, [2007]
Edition: First Aladdin Paperbacks edition
ISBN: 9781416947202
Branch Call Number: j MUL NVD
Characteristics: 351 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Dorman, Brandon

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DBRL_KrisA Nov 15, 2019

Say you're a bookish, nerdy 10- or 11-year-old boy. You don't really fit in with the sports-obsessed or tough-guy other boys. You read to escape, and you've been reading this really cool book, Fablehaven.

(And it is a really cool book, filled with magic and fairies and witches and golems, and lots of action.)

And you've really been enjoying it. And you're 330 pages into the 350-page book; the bad guys have been vanquished, the fairies are going around fixing everything back to how it was, and they make a bunch of flowers sprout on the golem, Hugo. And then you read this, spoken by another kid about your age: "'They made Hugo look all fruity," Seth complained." And once again, you receive the message that you're weird. That it's not normal, not "right", for a 10-year-old boy to like things like flowers, and fairies, and pretty little butterflies and soft things like that. That if you're not a boy that likes sports, and rough-and-tumble, and "boy stuff", then what kind of a boy are you really?

And that makes me sad.

The book is exciting, and well-written, and has a cast of magical characters that will be fun for a lot of kids to read about. And, honestly, even with this issue, I'm curious to read more of the series myself. It's just sad that the author had to slip in that little bit of outdated sexism and continue the idea of "boys have to act like boys". Let kids be kids. Let them enjoy what they want to enjoy. Stop ingraining these outdated ideas into kids' heads.

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hopibradley
Aug 17, 2019

I love this book! I have read the whole series.
who ever likes magic and adventure read this book

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StephNatureLover
Jul 11, 2019

It wasn't that interesting to me because it was confusing.

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LeslieStapleman
May 07, 2019

This is an awesome series and it appeals to a wide range of ages. I started off reading the series when I was 27 and within 10 years four of my children have read it ranging in age (at the time) from 10 to 16.
At the moment my 40 y/o husband, who only started liking fantasy after reading Harry Potter, is now just starting keys to the demon prison- book 5 and he's hooked!
I'm anxiously awaiting the release of book 3 to Dragonwatch which is "a Fablehaven adventure" and follows Kendra and Seth on many more adventures!

If you love Harry Potter, I'm a potterhead myself, you're sure to love this one as well. It's full of magic and mystery, mischief, suspense and a little romance even! There's faries, demons, dragons, wizards, unicorns, goblins, witches, Astrids, zombies, blixes, golums... oh can't leave out Newel and Doren, the satirical satyrs... This list goes on, you name it they've probably touched on it at some point.

This series is full of adventure!
I'd say it's best suited for teens/young adult readers but I'm "oldish" (haha) and re-reading the series for the 2nd time and enjoying it just as much as the first!

ArapahoeKristy Mar 26, 2019

Magical creatures, kids, grandparents, and a woman with an intriguing past come together to do their best to save Fablehaven from the evil that tries to learn its secrets and destroy it. I am curious about what happens next and will be reading more of this 6-book series from Brandon Mull!

brucemcguire Mar 14, 2019

I love this book! It is so creative, fast paced, and perfect for any young fantasy reader. I would also recommend The Candy Shop War I & II by the same author.

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black_hawk_5010
Nov 27, 2018

I liked it a lot😄

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RebelBelle13
Jun 18, 2018

I'm confused as to who the audience is supposed to be for this book. The main characters are pre-teens, they are the heroes, and the plot and world are entirely middle-grade. However, the way the characters talk, the manner the author describes things, and the dark themes lend themselves more towards YA or even adult. I read this with my 11 year old, and although he understood the majority of the descriptions, there were times we did need to stop and talk about what the words meant and what was happening. There were certain parts that were super cheesy and expected for a middle-grade fantasy- the kids doing stupid things to advance the plot, the adult characters treating them like kids even though they are super heroes in disguise completely capable of saving the day, awkward moments that give you second hand cringe, random characters and creatures that want to help the main characters win just because... If I had not been reading this with my son, I probably would have DNF'd this about 50 pages in. It didn't hold my interest and I could see where the plot was going.
Otherwise, the world was well done, the variety and number of creatures and characters were plentiful, the exposition was handled well, the descriptions were adequate for an older reader, and I can certainly see how this would become a longer series- it lends itself to continuing nicely.

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nnickelle
May 18, 2018

I've read all books in series. Definatly a 10 star series. Dragon watch is exiting to. Its all very deeply thought through like harry potter

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amythissun
Aug 03, 2017

Fablehaven is a great book. I like how we get to see how you can get through difficult situations by on your own, even when everything seems to go wrong. The description of the fairies made them seem really beautiful. Overall, it was a really good book.

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olive_cat_99
Jun 20, 2015

"Remember how worried you were when we dropped you off?" Mom said as she buckled her seatbelt. "I bet it wasn't half as scary as you imagined."
Kendra and Seth shared a very special look.

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me_mochi
Mar 19, 2015

enchanting? absolutely! magical? you bet!!!
safe?? um... maybe the exact opposite!?

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When Kendra and her brother Seth pay a long visit to their Grandparents house, they are amazed to find out that the entire property is a magical preserve called Fablehaven, home of all kinds of mythical creatures. But these creatures can be dangerous. So when Kendra and Seth are stuck in the middle of a battle between good and evil, who will they turn to for help? Will two kids be able to outwit a large, ferocious and power - hungry demon?

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