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Author: Coville, Bruce
Illustrator: Kidby, Paul
Publisher: Random House
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780385392556
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Hatched

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Bruce Coville is the author of over one hundred books, in many genre – science fiction, realistic fiction and fantasy, and best known for My Teacher is an AlienHatched is the second book in his new fantasy series for middle grade readers, The Enchanted Files.  Coville develops two main characters:  Gerald is a Griffin – a magical creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the hindquarters of a lion.  Bradley is a human boy.  Their intersecting stories are told in diary, letter, newspaper articles and narrative formats.  Initially, each character’s story is told in alternating chapters.  All Griffins live by a code, and all Griffins have to pass an initiation quest to acquire a “True Treasure”.  Gerald lacks the fierceness associated with other members of his species, and is in despair of completing his quest, until he realizes that he must enter the Human world to make his mark.  Humourous adventures ensue with Batavian gnomes, unlikely friendships develop, and Griffin pursues his quest with Bradley’s help.  “Coville brings his signature wit and humor to this fantasy story.  This second installment adds authentic and engaging, multidimensional characters to a strong series that finds heroes in outcasts.” (School Library Journal)
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