February 18, 2009

Saving the Griffin by Kristin Nitz

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:10 pm by suebe2

griffinSaving the Griffin ( AR 3 . 6)

by Kristin Wolden Nitz

Peachtree

Do you have a young reader who loves fantasy, especially fantasy set in the present?  Then pick up Saving the Griffin.

When Kate and Michael discover a baby griffin near where they are staying in Italy, they don’t immediately know what it is but they know it is special and rare and needs to be protected.  But its hard to keep something secret when it eats and flies and talks. 

When other people see the griffin and start looking for it, the children make the difficult decision to find out where it came from and send it home even if it means never seeing their new friend again.

Nitz’s characters are realistic.  Even if they sometimes fight, siblings help each other out.  The adults aren’t 100% clueless although the kids are able to trick them.  

This is a fast-paced story for readers who want good fantasy but without don’t need blood and guts or mature themes often found in books for older readers. 

–SueBE

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