The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet

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"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 tosave 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?"--
"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 inorder 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Salaam Reads,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481486965
1481486969
Branch Call Number: J Fiction
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 22 cm

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AL_KARA May 24, 2017

I love this adventurous story for tweens about a Jumanji style board game that's Middle Eastern inspired. It's fast paced from the moment Farah's little brother gets sucked into the game and she and her friends try to rescue him. The main characters are Muslim, and the cover even features girls wearing hijabs, which I think is really cool, and so, so important for diverse representation!

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