RAVEN’S GATE by Anthony Horowitz

RAVEN’S GATE

Book One of the Gatekeepers
Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

This first in a projected series by the author of the Alex Rider books has it all—mystery, suspense, conspiracies, occult elements and science gone amuck—and instead of becoming a novelistic mish-mash, it all works. Rejected by his only living relative, betrayed to the police by a supposed friend, Matt Freeman chooses to serve a probationary sentence on an English farm near York rather than in a juvenile detention center. Shortly after he arrives at Hive Hill—the farm owned by his sinister guardian—a thoroughly terrified Matt discovers that he can’t escape either the farm or the mysterious destiny facing him. In this page-turner, Horowitz constantly jacks up the tension, ricocheting from catastrophe to disaster and violently killing off any adults who try to help Matt. Many of the 20 chapters end in cliffhangers, while the spectacular climax and surprising conclusion provide both a satisfying ending and a good set-up for the next in the series. Go. Visit. Have an exhilarating read. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-67995-8
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2005




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