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 is 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.
Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.
Violence: This Jumanji-like story has some suspense and villains (such as a ghoul and the game keeper who has a long gash along his throat with a thin line of blood dripping down) in the story that might be a tad scary for sensitive readers. In one scene, they find bones and skeletons in the ground.
Language: There are four uses of profanity (taking God’s name in vain) in this book.
Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.
Ask your child how the friends used teamwork to beat the game and save Farah’s brother.
Ask your child about the coolest challenge the team faced.