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The Gauntlet
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The Gauntlet


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 in order 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…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

Title:The Gauntlet
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:298 pages
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    The Gauntlet Reviews

  • Adam Silvera
    Feb 29, 2016

    That synopsis tho! I went to go add this to my to-read list but I apparently did that back in February. WELL DONE, PAST ADAM. ...

  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    Nov 11, 2016

    They say good shoes take you to good places, I believe the same thing could be said to books. The Gauntlet is that book.It will take you to a place where winning a challenge is a must to survive. It w...

  • Ava
    Mar 29, 2017

    This is such an excellent Middle Grade novel. I'm so happy this book exists. It's fast-paced, beautiful, and intriguing, and perfect for all ages - not just middle grade readers. The stunning descript...

  • Kiki
    Dec 31, 2016

    I AM SO UP FOR THIS.(Not just because I follow this fabulous author and activist on Twitter.)...

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    Feb 29, 2016

    This is written by one of my Twitter friends that I follow, and I can't wait to read it! It does sound a bit like Jumanji which I loved!...

  • Crini
    Feb 29, 2016

    I don't read a lot of MG, almost none, but describe a book as "Middle Eastern magical Jumanji" and I'm in!...

  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
    Mar 04, 2017

    The Gauntlet is for sure one of my most anticipated 2017 books. Karuna Riazi is my hero and I look up to her so much. I saw a bit of Jumanji and a bit of Wizard of Oz to be honest too. I loved loved t...

  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    Aug 02, 2016

    I read a sample of this one courtesy of Simon Teen Canada. And OMG. It is SO GOOD. I can't wait until the full title releases so I can read the rest....

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Apr 20, 2017

    The Gauntlet, a reverse-Jumanji and The Wizard of Oz inspired MG adventure with a Middle Eastern, flair was exactly my cup of tea! I'm really looking forward to Karuna Riazi's next project!Full review...

  • Ava Jae
    Apr 09, 2017

    This was so fun! I really enjoyed Farah's fascinating (and delicious-sounding) journey through The Gauntlet. Don't read this while you're hungry; those food descriptions are to die for. Can't wait to ...