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The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 at 11:21am

The Gauntlet is a game made up of three challenges, and an extra one if you win all three. The three challenges are all life-size games. The architect controls the game, and if you fail to win, the Gauntlet takes you as a prisoner. Farah, Alex, and Essie find the Gauntlet on Farah’s birthday. They decide to play it, but after they set it up, Farah’s brother Ahmad jumps into the game. Farah and her friends go in to save him. What will happen to Farah, Alex, and Essie? Will they become prisoners of the game? Find out by reading The Gauntlet!

I liked this book because it was fun to read and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. It was cool how the games were all life-size. If I was in the Gauntlet, I would be excited to do the challenges, but also a little scared. I really recommend this book to people who like board games. I think it is a really good book.

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Gauntlet will be available March 28.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

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The Gauntlet

- Children's hardcover

by Karuna Riazi - $22.99 - Add to Cart

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that's a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.Nothing can prepare you for The Gauntlet... It didn't look dangerous, exactly. When twelve-year-old Farah first laid eyes on the old-fashioned board game, she thought it looked...elegant. It is made of wood, etched with exquisite images--a palace with domes and turrets, lattice-work windows that cast eerie shadows, a large spider--and at the very center of its cover, in broad letters, is written: The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. The Gauntlet is more than a game, though. It is the most ancient, the most dangerous kind of magic. It holds worlds inside worlds. And it takes players as prisoners.