Coville, Bruce, Hatched. Pgs. 272. Penguin Random House, 2016. Language: G, Mature Content: G, Violence: G
Gerald is a griffling reaching his 10th hatch day anniversary. To be a full griffin, he has to bring back a great treasure to show his community that he is a daring, fierce, true griffin. A misfit in is family as well as his community, Gerald decides to runaway to the human world to prove himself. There, he is seen by Bradley Ashvango. Bradley is a human misfit who is staying with his grandmother, Bibi at Vande Velde landing, where not everything is as it seems. Together, can the two save a community of gnomes? Can they find Gerald a treasure?
The flawed main characters are endearing, well-developed, and easy to relate to. The action, adventure, and fantasy mixed with the character dynamics helps to pull the reader into Geral and Bradley’s world. Fans of Bruce Coville, fantasy, and adventure will enjoy reading this book.
EL. MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library