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This fast-paced, exciting, and emotionally rich fantasy novel for middle graders reads like a cross between The Phantom Tollbooth and Harry Potter. 

How can eleven-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin—a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature—he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father—or to his death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Never less than engaging. At times, it is enchanting.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • ”Adult author Hagen makes his children’s debut with a fantasy adventure touched with whimsy, satire, and the quirky love of urban fauna that characterizes New Yorkers…With an unlikely crew of mismatched Brooklyn schoolmates, Gabriel takes up the mantle of the ancient, bittersweet relationship between humans and ravens in order to untangle the even more twisted relationships between human and human. Though familiar tropes abound, Hagen’s sensibility is unique—the desk-wrangling scene is not to be missed. There’s a hint of sequels to come, but this quest is more than satisfying on its own.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hagen has crafted a tale that contains riddles, magic, courage, loyalty, and compassion in a way that is sure to engage readers. Gabriel inhabits a dark world where friendship is the guiding light and differences are respected and valued. This is a great read for fantasy lovers who have worn out their copies of Harry Potter. The ending suggests that more is to come, and more will be welcome.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Hagen offers a first-rate fantasy for middle-grade readers,…This story, told from several points of view, is fresh: full of ravens, riddles, and the ongoing urge to make things right in a world where much has gone wrong. Though the narrative is a bit choppy in places, the characters carry the day, with their humor and strength. Humor is, in fact, one of the book’s selling points, often in the form of the characters’ witty repartee. Middle-graders looking for a soaring fantasy that’s not too hard, not too easy, will find this just right.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Brimful of antic energy and inventive flair, like the best middle-grade fantasies; readers, like baby birds, will devour it and clamor for future installments.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Both startling and moving—a vivid, compelling fantasy that sends you off to a world you will not soon forget.”

    Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth

  • “Listeners will find Michael Goldstrom’s warm, inviting voice a reassuring presence in Hagen’s inventive story of ravens, bravery, and the battle between good and evil. His voice has a hint of brassiness, which shines in his portrayals of the cunning, raspy birds. There’s also a boldness in his depictions of the human characters, the fiery young Gabriel and his friends. Younger listeners will find companionship with the courageous and offbeat teens, while older listeners will respond to the darker themes and complex history of the battling ravens. Wordplay and Goldstrom’s cleverly nuanced delivery add levity to dark moments, making this a rewarding listen for all ages.”

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