Broken Branch Falls

Broken Branch Falls

by Tara Tyler

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620075432
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Wondering what happens after all humans disappear? Fantastical creatures develop (elves, trolls, dragons...) and their world isn't that much different than our own...well, in many respects, anyway. The high school goblin Gabe should be intelligent, a geek and stick to his own kind. That's what all creatures do - never mingle with other species, although they go to school and live with each other everyday. They have to stick to their stereotypes too - ogres play sports and are stupid, goblins are smart and so on. Those are the rules. The moral of this tale is pretty laid out from beginning on as Gabe (by accident) turns into a leader of change. But that doesn't ruin the story at all. Gabe is an under-dog and an unlikely hero, something that grabs a reader's sympathy from the first page on. Despite his goblinness, he and his friends are very human as are their surroundings. The world Tara builds is familiar enough to make it easy to relate to, but at the same time fantastical, allowing dreams to take flight. The high school scenes in the beginning are very detailed, but later in the story, the fantastical world opens up as Gabe and his friends embark on a journey to save and improve their way of life. This easing in was really refreshing. Despite the fantastical world, serious high school issues are touched upon such as mobbing and unexpected (often unaccepted) relationships. I honestly found this an interesting and clever way to address these issues - very forward but at the same time, because of the imaginative world, not irritatingly preachy. Summed up, this is a fun story for young fantasy lovers and is sure to keep them hooked to the pages until the very end.
ChrysFey More than 1 year ago
From the first few sentences I knew this story was unique. The characters are goblins, elves, pixies and ogres, and they go to Gingko High where they learn many subjects including Human Civilizations. Humans are extinct and the species in this book don’t even believe humans were real!  Tara Tyler does an amazing job immersing us into this world and describing the characters. Although so many species are packed together in Broken Branch Falls and Gingko High, segregation is forced. That doesn’t stop Gabe, a goblin, from developing a crush on a new ogress, though, and from his friends creating a prank to get the attention they deserve, but things don’t go according to plan. Matters only get worse, their home is put in danger of being destroyed, and an adventure ensues.  Children and young adults will have fun reading Broken Branch Falls and getting to know all of the different characters. I know I enjoyed it! The illustrations were a treat, too. 
BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
Gabe the goblin doesn't understand why he can't have friends from other species, like pixies and elves. Some day he would like to try a sport, but only ogres are allowed to play sports. After his goblin friends pull a prank on a group of dragons, they set off on a multi-species quest to save their entire town from dismantling. A fun quest novel with strong messages of accepting differences and avoiding stereotypes. I really enjoyed this world and its characters. Set at a time when humans are extinct and becoming mythological, and Earth is now populated by ogres, goblins, trolls, dragons, mermaids, vampires, etc... this book has a well-crafted, engaging world, even though the plot is a bit cliche. My only difficulty with Broken Branch Falls was the occasionally clunky writing. Some things were just way too obvious. For instance, every time Rove the werewolf helped out, our narrator would say something terribly obvious like, "I'm so glad he came along." It was okay at first, but he kept saying every single time. It was exasperating. This is a complaint I have with some fiction for kids - young readers.are a lot savvier than we often give them credit for.
SherryE More than 1 year ago
There's a motley crew of goblins, pixies, ogres, dragons, and werewolves at the school known as Gingko High in the town of Broken Branch Falls. Trouble is, these creatures aren't supposed to interact with each other. Why? The High Council says bad things will happen if they do. When Gabe, the goblin, is caught meeting with a cute ogre, things are turned upside down. This leads to a quest to find a very important book, which in the process, creates some strong, unlikely friendships. Broken Branch Falls is a middle grade fantasy packed with action. The characters are charming in their own quirky ways, and the world building is very well done. The thing that sets this book apart from others, is the thought provoking message about accepting differences and working together. Middle grade readers who enjoy fantasy books will like this one.
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
If Gabe told anyone he'd like to try a sport, everyone would laugh at him. Goblins are the nerds of the community, and they aren't allowed to step out of their role. Yet when Gabe and his friends do, chaos erupts and the High Council votes to segregate all the beasts. Desperate to make sure this doesn't happen, Gabe and his friends go on a quest to retrieve the Book of Ages which is a hidden tome filled with knowledge that might help them. It's their only chance, but can they work together to complete the quest? I absolutely loved it. This MG fantasy has all the quirky charm and lovable characters as the Harry Potter series. Tara Tyler does an excellent job of taking the familiar fantasy world concept and twisting it into something highly original. The history and politics of this world fascinates me as do the various beasts. While I did like the quest Gabe and his friends went on, it was the worldbuilding and characterization that had me devouring this book. Gabe may be a goblin, but he's your everyday teen wanting to break out of the stereotype he's been forced into and try something new. He's the perfect hero as I related so well to him. Ona was my favorite character. An ogress with clean teeth and who loves music! Rove also intrigued me, especially with his story. The whole cast was fantastic. I highly recommend this to readers of all ages. I can't wait for more books in this world!