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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.When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand--a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik's cube--they know it's up to them to defeat the game's diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how. Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game...or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?