Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler
Genre: middle-grade, fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: June 24th, 2014
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan
Doing homework for bully ogres and getting laughed at as the butt of pixie pranks, Gabe is tired of his goblin life. When he and his friends step out of their nerdy stereotype and pull a prank of their own on the dragons at the first football game, it literally backfires, bringing a High Council vote to dismantle not only Gingko High, but the whole town, too!
The Book of Ages–hidden handbook of the High Council, filled with knowledge and power–may be Gabe’s only hope. With the help of friends old and new, can Gabe complete his quest to find the Book in time to save Broken Branch Falls? Or will he remain an outcast forever?
About the Author:
After having a hand in everything from waitressing to teaching math to rocket engineering, Tara Tyler now writes and teaches in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband.
This Lazy Housewife loves to share advice on organizing, time-saving, and multi-tasking, in addition to popping out her multi-genre adventure novels in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, and Chick Lit, all laced with Humor.
So many exciting stories to tell!
Review:On the surface, here's a delightfully smooth, well-characterized fantasy-fable centering on a young, highly intelligent goblin and his experiences with friends, pranks that slip their bounds, and high school bullying. That's fine. It can be read and enjoyed for that level alone. But deeper is a level addressing serious issues: bigotry, ethnic narcissism, contempt for other species, and ethnic isolationism. Gabe is a young goblin with a high intellectual capacity; he is both self-analytical, and a critical thinker about his social-cultural (and geographical) environment. In human terms, Gabe would be considered a progressive. In his culture, he's considered a radical thinker, who needs to learn to toe the Establishment Line. That's what I found enticing about BROKEN BRANCH FALLS.