Grimpow: The Invisible Road


Grimpow: The Invisible Road




Written by: Rafael Abalos

Delacorte Press, 2005, 493 pp., $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-73374-8 (ages 12-14)
Rating: HR Genre: Modern Fantasy

This fantastical novel tells of the journey of a young character named Grimpow who happened to stumble upon amazing and life changing items. One snowy night, Grimpow found a dead traveler in the woods, and along with his friend Durlib they searched him to find out who he was or from where he had come. To Grimpow’s amazement, this person was carrying packages that contained jewels and many other treasures. One item he carried was a precious stone that caused Grimpow to do and feel amazing things. The dead traveler also carried a letter bound with a seal of a snake swallowing its own tail. The letter contained writing that Grimpow had never seen and yet he could read it while holding the stone even though he had never been taught to read at all. Grimpow felt a great connection with these items, and he knew he must carry out what the traveler had started. He also knew that the person that was to receive the letter would soon be looking for the traveler, so it was imperative that he go immediately. Little did he know, however, that the stone he now carried was much more famous and powerful than he could ever have imagined.
This book deserves an HR or “highly recommended,” because it so very adventurous. From beginning to end, the story keeps your attention and makes you want to continue reading to see what happens next. The story line is unique, but it allows young adults to relate to the main character, because even though he is young and inexperienced, he is able to accomplish great things.

Reviewer: Amanda Winford
           Pre-Service Teacher
           Mid-level Education, Language Arts & Social Studies

Suggested Themes: Coming of Age, Empowerment