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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
The Griffin's Egg by Cole Poindexter introduces Phoebe Gray, a ten-year-old girl from Illinois who meets a peculiar being as she and her parents are releasing a screech owl in West Virginia. Phoebe finds herself in the middle of a fantastical adventure when she helps the creature, a goblin named Gnish-Gnash, protect a griffin's egg from trolls. Phoebe passes through a portal with Gnish, and she is drawn into Lerch Hollow. As their fight continues, Phoebe learns she possesses certain powers that help her as she races to return the griffin egg to its mother before it hatches. The wizard, Thatcher, helps her as she runs from the Dark Mistress, Lucinda, and her minions. But Lucinda's power is strong, and she has many other beings helping her. It will be difficult to protect the egg from the witch, even though Phoebe's growing powers are unbelievably strong.
Cole Poindexter has developed an enchanting world with beautiful elves, scary trolls, and frightening monsters from the deep waters of the Lucient Sea. The characters are varied, and the reader must wait to see if they're meeting a friend or foe. Poindexter pushes readers straight into the action and holds their attention until the last page! Phoebe shows growth in the story as she learns to fix her mistakes, and she chooses to face Lucinda so the beings in Lerch Hollow can live the life they deserve. Parts of the book may open up good talking points with children who read the story, like learning to rethink a perception of someone who is trying to change. Lucinda and Phoebe discover they share some similarities, even though they have chosen different paths. The Griffin's Egg is a great story for readers who enjoy fantasy stories with lots of magic in well-developed fantasy worlds.