|Guardians of the gryphon's claw (Sam London adventure)|
Author: Gallicano, Todd Calgi
Book 1--A mysterious, recurring dream leads Sam London, twelve, to discover that mythical creatures are real and living in our national parks, and that his dream may mean that the secret of their existence is in danger.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.90
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 196412
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 18.0 Quiz: 75710
Kirkus Reviews (-) (05/01/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 5–7—Sam London is an ordinary 12-year-old boy looking for his "something special." He has recently been plagued by dreams of meeting with a gryphon named Phylassos, the guardian of all mythical creatures. Since Sam has always been intrigued by all things mythical, he decides to go where the dream takes place and see what he can find. This sets him on a whirlwind adventure where he quickly realizes that mythical creatures are real and live among humankind. He teams up with Dr. Vance Vantana of the Department of Mythical Wildlife to make sure that the Gryphon's Claw, the power that keeps mythical creatures hidden from humans, remains safe. This is a fun-filled start to a series that is sure to keep lovers of Rick Riordan running to the shelves. Gallicano's novel is longer than most books of this genre and can drag at times, but the plot is unique enough to keep dedicated readers motivated. Interspersed are elements from both Western and Eastern folklore, including mythical creatures not typically found in middle grade literature (the Aswang of Filipino folklore, for example). All of the characters are fully fleshed out, though there are a bit too many adult characters for a middle grade title. VERDICT A lengthy but entertaining story that is sure to intrigue middle graders fond of mythology.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.