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Raven's Gate

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Author:  Anthony Horowitz

Matt Freeman is a fourteen year old boy who lives in Ipswich with his aunt, Gwenda Davisa. While living with his aunt, he breaks into a warehouse filled with electronic equipment with his friend, Kevin Johnson. After they get caught, Matt is sent to Yorkshire on the L.E.A.F. (Liberty and Education Achieved through Fostering) Project, which involves sending troubled children into the countryside to get away from city temptations. Matt's foster parent is a woman named Jayne Deverill, who lives on a farm with a strange farmhand named Noah, who doesn't talk much.

 When Matt goes down to the nearby village of Lesser Malling on an errand for Mrs Deverill he receives a warning from a strange man. The man warns him to get away from Lesser Malling before it is too late. So Matt tries to escape, and while trying to find some money he goes into Mrs Deverill's bedroom and finds a copy of the police report detailing his parents' deaths and his clairvoyant powers. Matt tries to escape Hive Hall by stealing the bike of Mrs Deverill's missing husband. He tries to ride away, but finds it impossible to escape, because which ever way he goes, no matter what he's doomed. He hears strange whispers and sees a light in the forest.



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Jul 12,2017

When you mix a touch of J.K Rowling, John Flanagan and a scary night at the museum, What do you get? 'Raven's gate'.

For me, this was a short and enjoyable read that had me at the edge of my bead every time I opened the book. This was a book that I don’t think anybody would put down ever but unfortunately, I have a bedtime. It is a good versus evil. I fell in love with Mat, the main character, and knew he was more than just a normal child the second he was introduced into the book. The way the book was set out chronologically just added more of a freaky feel to the pages.

This is the first book in the 'Power of five' series. It is centred around the character Mat, who lives in Ipswich with his Aunt, Quenda Davisa. One day he decides to break into a warehouse full of video games with his not-so-good friend Kevin. Suddenly a security guard enters the building and catches them. After this turn of events, Mat is sent to Yorkshire on a L.E.A.F (Liberty and education achieved through fostering) project. When his foster parent, Jayne Deverill, sends him on an errand to a city called Lesser Malling where he meets a strange man who tells him to get away before it is too late. That night, he tries to run away with a bike that he stole from Jayne Deverill's late husband. He tries to run away but it is impossible as every way he goes he lands up at the beginning. To find out what he does next, you will have to read the book.   

I would recommend this book to adolescents who are interested in reading mystery and adventure books. 

Mar 23,2012

I give this Book a 5/5 because it is full of horror and adventure and mystery. Matt Freeman is the main character.

Jun 06,2011

this book is freaky i loved it i havent finished this whole series but i have loved it so far.

Apr 03,2011
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Raven's Gate was a really powerful book that played on my mind for days afterwards. I was reading most of it at night actually, and I really couldn't get to sleep after I put it down. Especially the part with the cross roads. It did keep me on the edge of my seat, as it's beautifully written. All in all, if you like suspense, drama, action, sadness and excitement all in the one book, then I strongly suggest that you read Raven's Gate.

Mar 30,2011

29-Mar-2011            Raven's Gate By Anthony Horowitz        Published By Walker Books

Matt Freeman is an aged 14 yr old boy who lives in Ipswich with his auntie. During the time living with his aunt, his so-called friend tells Matt to break into a warehouse. He gets caught and sent into rehabilitation in the countryside with foster parent Jayne Deverill. Matt soon realizes that rehabilitation is going to be hard for him on a stinky old farm with witchcraft in the air.

The main character in this book showed courage, endurance and trust in his peers. Anthony Horowitz made Matt into a well developed and strong character that seemed to be a real life character.

When I first picked up the book, it was already captivating. It was like living the story and experiencing it. I could feel what a reader would feel when they read a really high class book.

I would recommend this book to those that are ready to take some time out of life every now and then to read an unforgettable tale of Matt Freeman

Melody Lam        Glen Waverley Secondary Collage




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