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Raven's gate, Anthony Horowitz

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Raven's gate
Title
Raven's gate
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Horowitz
Title variation
Ravens gate
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle
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Storyline
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Tone
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Award
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2008
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Gr. 5-8. Horowitz, fresh off his success with his Alex Rider series, ratchets things up a notch with the first in the Gatekeepers series about five young people who must save the world from evil. A master of edge-of-your-seat writing, Horowitz gives himself lots of opportunity to push the envelope here. He focuses on 14-year-old Matt, a troubled orphan who is in with the wrong crowd. As punishment for being present during an assault, Matt must choose between life with off-putting Mrs. Deverill in a remote Yorkshire village, or jail. As Matt soon learns, Lesser Malling is much worse than jail, because strange and dangerous things are occurring there. Raven’s Gate, an ancient portal to the world of evil, is about to be opened, and Matt is to be the blood sacrifice. Novels about boys (and girls) facing dark forces are nothing new, and this one certainly contains elements of familiar stories (Hello, Harry Potter). But the real-world setting gives this an extra frisson of horror, and Horowitz’s vivid descriptions are not for the fainthearted. It’s what’s inside all the thrills, however, that makes the book so strong: characters that readers will care about and root for. There will be an eager audience for the next in the series, to be titled Evil Star. -- Ilene Cooper (BookList, 07-01-2005, p1923)
  • Gr 9 Up –Matt is in serious trouble. He's been involved in a robbery where a man was stabbed, and he now has to choose between jail or a new program that places juvenile offenders with community members. Suddenly he is moving to Lesser Malling and finding out about his chores on Mrs. Deverill's farm. There is something sinister about his new foster parent and the town. The teen stumbles across a murdered man who disappears by the time he returns with the police, an old broken-down nuclear-reactor plant that hums and glows at night, and suspicious activities at the farm. As things become more and more frightening, Matt is forced to find an ally and try to escape the bodies that are piling up around him and the evil that is taking over Lesser Malling. Horowitz departs from his popular teen spy series and turns up the horror in this first installment in a new series. The creepy activities and the overall atmosphere of fear are well defined, and once the action starts, it doesn't let up. People are stabbed with sickles, dinosaur skeletons return to life to attack Matt and his ally, and the protagonist is subjected to strange spells and potions that keep him from discovering the true reason he has been brought to this remote town. This powerful struggle between good and evil is a real page-turner.–Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI --Lynn Evarts (Reviewed July 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 7, p104)
  • Horowitz (the Alex Rider series) unveils a thoroughly creepy new tale with this first entry in the Gatekeepers series. The novel opens as 14-year-old Matt Freeman reluctantly helps an older friend break into a warehouse. A frequent truant (he has lived with his aunt since his parents were killed in a car accident), Matt's problems grow exponentially worse when he finds himself charged as an accessory to assault after his friend stabs a security guard during the failed burglary. Matt is offered a chance to participate in the LEAF Program (Liberty and Education Achieved Through Fostering), which sends troubled youths to rural settings where "there are fewer temptations." In the custody of severe, stern Mrs. Deverill, Matt must clean the pigsty among other chores. But his tasks pale compared to the gathering threat in the village of Lesser Malling. Though he tries to escape, Matt finds his attempts thwarted by unseen forces, and he soon realizes that his presence in Lesser Malling is no accident. Among Mrs. Deverill's belongings he makes a chilling discovery: "The photograph was black-and-white, taken with a telephoto lens.... With a sense of horror and sickness, he realized he was looking at a picture of himself. This was his parents' funeral. Six years ago." Sinister magic melds with modern technology, and Matt's few allies are killed off one by one. Horowitz's talent for building suspense is as strong as ever, and this unnatural tale, which descends into ancient evils, should attract a strong following. Ages 12-up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed June 20, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 25, p78)
  • This first in a projected series by the author of the Alex Rider books has it all—mystery, suspense, conspiracies, occult elements and science gone amuck—and instead of becoming a novelistic mish-mash, it all works. Rejected by his only living relative, betrayed to the police by a supposed friend, Matt Freeman chooses to serve a probationary sentence on an English farm near York rather than in a juvenile detention center. Shortly after he arrives at Hive Hill—the farm owned by his sinister guardian—a thoroughly terrified Matt discovers that he can't escape either the farm or the mysterious destiny facing him. In this page-turner, Horowitz constantly jacks up the tension, ricocheting from catastrophe to disaster and violently killing off any adults who try to help Matt. Many of the 20 chapters end in cliffhangers, while the spectacular climax and surprising conclusion provide both a satisfying ending and a good set-up for the next in the series. Go. Visit. Have an exhilarating read. (Fiction. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
136455
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Horowitz, Anthony
Dewey number
[Fic]
LC call number
PZ7.H7875
LC item number
Rav 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Book one of the Gatekeepers
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Witches
  • Stone circles
  • Supernatural
  • Foster home care
  • Identity
  • Yorkshire (England)
  • England
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Raven's gate, Anthony Horowitz
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
254 p.
Isbn
9780439679954
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004021512
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780439679954
  • (OCoLC)56631664
Label
Raven's gate, Anthony Horowitz
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
254 p.
Isbn
9780439679954
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004021512
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780439679954
  • (OCoLC)56631664

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