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This chilling NYT bestseller from Anthony Horowitz, "a master of edge-of-your-seat writing" (Booklist, starred) is "an exhilarating read" (Kirkus) that "should attract a strong following" (PW) As punishment for a crime he didn't really commit, Matt was given a choice: go to jail or go live with an old woman named Mrs. Deverill in a remote town called Lesser Malling. He should have chosen jail. A strange and sinister plan is coming together made in Lesser Malling, with Matt at the center of it all. People who try to help him disappear . . . or die. It all ties to an evil place named Raven's Gate - a place whose destiny is horrifyingly intertwined with Matt's own.

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Publishers Weekly Horowitz (the Alex Rider series) unveils a thoroughly creepy new tale with this first entry in the Gatekeepers series. The novel opens as 14-year-old Matt Freeman reluctantly helps an older friend break into a warehouse. A frequent truant (he has lived with his aunt since his parents were killed in a car accident), Matt's problems grow exponentially worse when he finds himself charged as an accessory to assault after his friend stabs a security guard during the failed burglary. Matt is offered a chance to participate in the LEAF Program (Liberty and Education Achieved Through Fostering),

which sends troubled youths to rural settings where "there are fewer temptations." In the custody of severe, stern Mrs. Deverill, Matt must clean the pigsty among other chores. But his tasks pale compared to the gathering threat in the village of Lesser Malling. Though he tries to escape, Matt finds his attempts thwarted by unseen forces, and he soon realizes that his presence in Lesser Malling is no accident. Among Mrs. Deverill's belongings he makes a chilling discovery: "The photograph was black-and-white, taken with a telephoto lens.... With a sense of horror and sickness, he realized he was looking at a picture of himself. This was his parents' funeral. Six years ago." Sinister magic melds with modern technology, and Matt's few allies are killed off one by one. Horowitz's talent for building suspense is as strong as ever, and this unnatural tale, which descends into ancient evils, should attract a strong following. Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

I read this when i was 9 so i didnt really get it but now im 13 so i understand the whole book! I luv the series so much ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I have read Nightrise, not relizing this was a seiries,I went to Necropolis, agian not readimg the books in order, I need to buy all the Horrowitz seiries and read them in order Horrowitz really turns up the action I give my friends advice to read all of his books they say nothing happens they get to the next page they tell me THERE IS SOOOO MUCH ACTION !!!!! I say I told you. They are giving people advice to read these books I really like his books i wil remind myself about his books I wish I could be in his books like be Scarlett Adams, or be someone thaybis a Gate Keeper a new girl. Maybe she could be British and her name could be Hayley James and...... never mind Im talking about the book. I strongly want everyone that can : PLEASE READ THESE BOOKS!!!!!! Thanks for reding this long note -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

My hands were glued to the book! Anthony Horowitz book Raven's Gate was one of the best Supernatural Fiction books I have ever read. Horowitz was born in England to a wealthy Jewish family. He also went to the University of York and graduated with a BA. The theme of the book is to believe in yourself, and to trust your gut. The main character is a 14 year-old boy named Matt. He loses his parents at a very young age and is forced to move in with his Aunt Gwenda and her boyfriend. He soon turns to petty crimes, and eventually gets caught and put into the LEAF program. When he arrives to Lesser Malling, he realizes something bad is going on, and is determined to found out what is going on, get out, or both. The book kept me at the edge of my seat. It was very entertaining because of the way it was written. This book makes me wonder what could really be out there. I don't think I will ever endure something like this, but it sure would be interesting if I had to. If you like this kind of genre, go out today and get it! It is that good.

Do you believe in witches or the Old Ones? Matt has been accused of committing a crime which actually he really didn't do. So now he has a choice to either go to jail or stay with an old lady named Mrs. Deverill in a remote area called Lesser Malling because of the government's new law called the LEAF Project. Matt should have chosen jail because he will soon find out that someone is planning something there at Lesser Malling, and Matt is in the middle of all the commotion. Matt's past hasn't been the best. His parents died in a car crash six years ago and he has been living with his mom's stepsister, who doesn't necessarily treat him very well. But Matt has discovered that he has

some kind of weird magical power--but doesn't know what it is. When he gets to Mrs. Deverill's house he isn't treated in the best way possible. Even though he thinks the food is good he has to do chores and basically clean up all of Mrs. Deverill's property. After a while he has had enough of this bizarre nonsense and wants to leave, because this was supposed to be a volunteer act. But when he tries to take a bike out to the main road back to Greater Malling and then back to London, every road he takes just brings him back to the place he started from. Well, he went home after that, and thought that he'd try the next day. When coming back to the same spot, a guy named Tom Burgess appears and says he wants to help Matt out because this isn't a safe place to be. He also says that he will explain everything tomorrow at his farm, but what Matt doesn't know is that he will find Tom dead the next day. After Tom's death things got even worse. Mrs. Deverill starts to come out more strongly and everyone that tries to help him get out of this creepy place just ends up dead. Is Matt's new helper bound to turn up dead, too? Find out! Read the book.

This book is awsome. Even though its slow at first but after a few chapters it gets freaky.You will never put all the pieces together until the end kind of like a puzzle.Anyway this book is great. PS. STAY AWAY FROM CATS

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. From the Publisher VOYA 10/1/05

Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz . In the first installment of his new Gatekeepers series, Horowitz moves from the action-thriller genre in his Alex Rider series to action-supernatural. Matt is a fourteen-year-old orphan in trouble with the law, and the magistrate who hears his case decides to enter him into a special project that sends juvenile offenders to live in the country with foster parents. Almost immediately Matt wishes that he had been sent to a perfectly normal juvenile detention center. Something is very odd about the village of Lesser Mailing. Roads lead nowhere, a dead cat reappears alive and well, voices whisper at night, and something is going on in the woods. It gradually becomes clear that a great battle between good and evil is brewing, and Matt is wanted by both sides, although for different reasons. Horowitz does a great job of ratcheting up the tension and building to an exciting climax at the site of an ancient gate between worlds. His writing is fast paced and entertaining, despite occasional inconsistencies and abrupt changes in point of view, sometimes even within the same paragraph. Younger teens who like an exciting adventure mixed with supernatural horror will thrill to Matt's story and look forward to the next installment.

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