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Jul 11 2017

Eve and the griffin's gold by Jess Black

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Keeper of the crystals series. New Frontier Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781925059830
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. Keeper of the crystals: Eve and the griffin's gold is the story of mythical creatures, other worlds and the people who protect it all. To be a Crystal Keeper, you need to be brave and courageous. Eve is a Crystal Keeper who, along with her friend Oscar and kindred animal (the dragon Ingvar), is dedicated to protecting others. As Eve's grandmother and Oscar arrive for a visit, Eve, Ingvar and Oscar are transported to another world. In this land, one-eyed men are greedy for gold and Bluewing, the griffin, is forced to stay and protect the gold they find. Bluewing's mate is being held prisoner and it is up to Eve, Oscar and Ingvar to help the griffins and get them home.
Eve and the griffin's gold is a lovely story of bravery, friendship and a little bit of magic. The story is easy to read, moves quickly and is descriptive. It is aimed at girls aged 7+ and is highly recommended. Keeper of the crystals is a fantasy series but each book can be read as a stand-alone story. The series is an great first novel for emerging readers and the strong female lead is excellent for our young girls. There are no maidens in distress in this story! Be prepared for Eve to do all of the rescuing.
Kylie Kempster

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