Young Adult Literature
In this life we learn that there is opposition for everything. In Fablehaven,
the opposition abounds. Besides the usual good verses evil, there is honesty verses
deceit and beauty verses ugliness. There is a younger brother who is always pushing
the limits of the rules set down for him and an older sister who is obedient and
considerate of others. While the brother is on a path that can potentially destroy
the fantasy and the real worlds they live in, the sister learns to trust herself and
finds that she has great qualities of leadership.
Fablehaven sparks our imagination by taking us to a fantasy world where we make
friends with a golem, eat soup with satyrs, milk a fifty foot tall cow, talk to mermaids
and watch fairies dance inside of bubbles. It teaches us that we need to be aware of
the world we live in, to live in harmony with people and nature and that rules are there
for a reason. Brandon Mull has captured all of that and more in his first novel about a
land full of imaginative creatures. The Association for Mormon Letters is proud to
present the 2006 award for Young Adult Fiction to Fablehaven.