✰✰✰✰✰ Kendra and her younger brother Seth are just two regular kids being shipped off to spend time with their grandparents during the summer. Sounds boring, but what they don't realize is that Fablehaven is a fantastical place filled with both magic and danger. Fablehaven is a refuge of sorts, a kind of sanctuary if you will, but not for normal creatures. The creatures protected by Fablehaven are magical, and Kendra and Seth's grandpa is the last caretaker.
Needless to say, there are lots of rules at Fablehaven. It's not too long before the kids venture outside of the bounds set by their Grandpa and get into loads of trouble. After all, basking by the pool all day eventually gets boring, and kids will be kids. Seth especially seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. Unfortunately, when rules get broken, there is a price to pay. The evil that is released wreaks havoc upon Fablehaven and threatens to spill over into the world.
Join Kendra and Seth on the adventure of a lifetime as they encounter witches, trolls, imps, fairies, satyrs, and other creatures in order to save their family and the sanctuary of Fablehaven.
The Bottom Line: Fablehaven is an enchanting fantasy that you won't be able to put down. This first book in the series is fantastic, and I can't wait to read more. I don't know how I missed this series when it first came out a few years ago. Kids will love the characters and the mythical creatures. It's simply magic. Also, the theme of love overcoming all obstacles and the importance of family make this one a winner. Highly recommended for kids and tweens in grades 5 - 8. This would make a great movie.
Details: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Paperback published by Aladdin Paperbacks in 2006. 368 p. ISBN: 978-1-4169-4720-2
P.S. A special thank you goes out to Draak, my SantaThing secret Santa at LibraryThing, for picking this out for me last Christmas. I loved it!