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Gabriel's clock, by Hilton Pashley

Label
Gabriel's clock
Title
Gabriel's clock
Statement of responsibility
by Hilton Pashley
Title variation
Gabriels clock
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Twelve-year-old Jonathan is half-angel, half-demon, and the only one of his kind. But he has no idea of his true identity, and now a rogue archdemon wants him for his own sinister purpose"--
Storyline
Review
  • Grades 5-7 One moment 12-year-old Jonathan is eating dinner with his parents in their cottage kitchen. The next, humanoid demons are attacking, the cottage is collapsing, and his mother is leaving the injured boy with his grandfather, whom he has never met, in a village protected by magic. A talking, wisecracking cat? Normal. Talking, fighting gargoyles? Ditto. And there’s more: his grandfather is actually the angel Gabriel. Though Jonathan’s father has been captured by demons, and his mother is missing, he finds fast friends in the village—friends he will need if he is to use his untested powers as “the only half-angel, half-demon child in all of creation.” The juxtaposition of biblical characters in a cozy village setting with the story’s gory violence and sometimes coarse humor may not sit well with sensitive readers, but others will find the many sympathetic characters and the exciting action scenes entertaining enough to keep them reading and, perhaps, looking forward to the coming sequel. An English writer, Pashley offers an inventive debut novel. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 10-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 4)
  • Gr 5 – 8 — Jonathan Smith thought he was an average 12-year-old whose parents moved a lot. After faceless demons in bowler hats attack his family, he regains consciousness in a quaint English village and comes face to face with some family secrets. His father is an angel, his mother is a devil, and Jonathan is the only child known to exist from such a union. In Hobbes End, he is under the protection of Gabriel, his grandfather. He lives with the vicar and Grimm, his gargantuan tea-drinking, head-bashing major domo. Jonathan meets Cay, a girl his own age, whose parents have a paranormal secret of their own. Despite the protections of Hobbes End, the bowler-hatted baddies track him down. Their aim is to deliver him to their boss, Belial, who will use Jonathan to gain control of Heaven. The dark tones are cut by amusing moments with Elgar, a wisecracking cat, and two gargoyles who banter as they stand guard. The story mixes action with religious themes and some bloody violence (eyes poked out, an arm ripped off). The epilogue promises more books to come. A good choice for readers looking for fantasy built on a framework of scripture.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX --Maggie Knapp (Reviewed July 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 7, p91)
  • In this imaginative effort, a half-angel, half-demon boy must navigate the perilous implications of his unusual heritage. Jonathan has reached the age of 12 believing he's just a normal kid, unaware that his father is an angel and his mother's a (kindly) demon. Then a monstrous trio of Corvidae, evil disciples of archdemon Belial, attacks them, trapping the small family. His mother escapes with badly injured Jonathan and delivers him to the care of his angel grandfather, Gabriel—who will, predictably, become the guiding-elder figure—in the magical village of Hobbes End. It's inhabited by a variety of quirky residents, including a sarcastic talking cat, a werewolf's daughter, useful and funny gargoyles, and many others. The mild comic relief is a welcome respite from the brutality of the demons, who are determined to capture Jonathan and twist him to their nefarious purposes. Battle scenes feature more than ample gore, with a few dismemberments thrown in for good measure. Debut author Pashley periodically edges into the realm of telling rather than showing, and some elements of the plot are just too convenient. Still, the fast pace of the action is nicely sustained, the characters are mostly distinctive, and the situation's sufficiently unconventional to overcome that deficiency. With not all of the threads wrapped up, the way is open for a sequel, of course—readers will be happy for Jonathan's return. (Fantasy. 11-14)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2014)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10359757
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DLC
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Pashley, Hilton
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
780L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Angels
  • Demonology
  • Good and evil
  • Identity
  • Angels
  • Demonology
  • Good and evil
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Angels
  • Demonology
  • Good and evil
  • Identity (Psychology)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Gabriel's clock, by Hilton Pashley
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published by Andersen Press in 2013
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1106040
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
290 pages
Isbn
9780544301764
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013042012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780544301764
  • (OCoLC)862575273
Label
Gabriel's clock, by Hilton Pashley
Publication
Note
Originally published by Andersen Press in 2013
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1106040
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
290 pages
Isbn
9780544301764
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013042012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780544301764
  • (OCoLC)862575273

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