The Gauntlet Hardcover – 28 March 2017
"Middle grade readers will appreciate the adventure and embrace a tale with a strong protagonist of color." -- School Library Journal ― March 2017
"Jumanji meets Spy Kids in this action-packed story...An exciting, clever debut." -- Booklist Online ― May 12, 2017
"Readers who love gaming and adventure will line up to read this book....This will be a popular addition to the fantasy adventure genre in any middle level collection." -- School Library Connection ― August/September 2017
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- Publisher : Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (28 March 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481486969
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481486965
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 386 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This novel struck the perfect balance of fun and horror for target audience (kids 8- to 12-years-old). It was like a Goosebumps book, but with perfectly crafted literary writing skills. Would be a perfect book to read aloud at a camp-out or any other "spooky" setting. Even as an adult, I found this book fully enjoyable just for me.
Additionally, I really liked that the main character was an American Muslim Bangladeshi girl. So many books have all-white casts that don't reflect reality. The world I live in is full of first- and second-generation immigrants who are perfectly normal people. I loved the incorporation of family ties, traditions, and foods into Farah's story, because families like hers are part of my life (as a Canadian with western European heritage) and it made Farah seem more real.
Her interactions with her family and culture reminds me of my own big, loud, comfortable (but sometimes nosey) extended family. And that makes it so real and familiar and relatable. The writing is so flowing but the adventure is so griping. I wasn't sure if I wanted to be awed or excited by the story half the time (probably both at the same time).
Definitely a wonderful read. Worth the buy and worth sharing widely.
The Gauntlet is a lot of fun to read, and a rollicking adventure. Rather than a morality tale, since Farah is already a magnificent big sister and Ahmad's too little to learn from his brattiness, we get an exploration of Bengali culture and temporal consequences. The character changes are subtler, where Farah has to rally her friends and develop nerves of steel. Aunt Zorah can only watch from the outside, while the adults trapped within the game hope they can finally leave their artificial home. Sometimes we just need a grand high adventure, that teaches us more about our world.