Parents' Guide to

Fablehaven, Book 1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Exciting but flawed fantasy series launch.

Book Brandon Mull Fantasy 2006
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 10+

Great book, forgivable flaws.

Your review has fair points but is a bit too unforgiving IMO. By the end of the book, Seth has visibly grown as a character. Further into the series, I actually found myself siding with Seth more than his grandfather as he learned to take risks only when it's worth it, etc. (Minor spoiler warning) Also, there are plenty of role models. Ruth comes to mind in particular. Lena, Stanley, and in small ways perhaps Maddox could all be considered good role models for different reasons. (Spoiler warning over) I 100% recommend this book. While it definitely has its flaws, the series is very good.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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age 8+

Amazing book

This first book is amazing. I could not put it down. An exciting first book full of adventure. It is a must read.

This title has:

Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (75 ):

The plot is simple, the lessons easy to digest, and the action and suspense keep the story colorful and moving along. Fablehaven is the start of a series that's designed to follow the siblings as they grow up, learn from their mistakes (often the hard way), and confront danger to save humanity. While the story's focus on two very immature children with absent parents and overindulgent grandparents may make it hard for some teens and adults to identify with it, younger readers may really connect with and enjoy Kendra and Seth's journey. Mull's character development and world-building slowly turn into a daring and immersive story.

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