Kid’s Book Review: The Griffin Gate

Kid’s Book Review: The Griffin Gate

About the Book and Author

The Griffin Gate is a steampunk fantasy adventure story for children aged 6-10 years printed on dyslexia-friendly paper. It is illustrated by Natalie Smillie and published by Barrington Stoke.

Grace’s family are wardens of the Griffin Map, using its teleport technology to fight crime across Moreland. Although Grace is still too young, she longs to go on missions herself. After all, if her brother, Bren, can do it, why can’t she?

So when Grace finds herself alone with the map when a distress call comes in, she jumps at the chance to prove she’s up to the task. But the map transports Grace to a remote village where nothing is quite as it seems … Has she taken on more than she can handle?


The Griffin Gate front cover
Vashti Hardy Author

Vashti Hardy was a primary school teacher for several years and has always had a keen interest in children’s writing, leading to her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester.  She has a special interest in children’s writing, especially free-writing and the use of journals and creating fantasy worlds. You can find out more about her work on her website.

Now a successful children’s author, Vashti’s breathtaking middle grade fantasies are published across the world in several languages. Wildspark won the Blue Peter Book Award ‘Best Story’ in 2020 and the FCBG Children’s Book Awards and Brightstorm was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Books are My Bag Awards, among others. Brightstorm was also selected for Independent Booksellers Book of the Season and both Brightstorm and Wildspark were selected as Primary School Book Club Read.

Book Review

I really enjoyed The Griffin Gate, it’s an exciting story which left me wanting to know more

The Griffin Gate is about a young girl called Grace and her family. Grace’s great grandma Griffin invented a map with all the places in the world on it, the Griffin Map.

The whole family were wardens of the map except for Grace. She wasn’t properly trained to use it, but her brother left her alone on one occasion with it…

Suddenly a new place flashed up red on it! This meant people needed help fighting crime and solving mysteries. Grace decided to teleport to the place in the map but when she arrived safely, did the village really need help or was there more to it? Read on to hear about Grace’s adventure!

I really enjoyed The Griffin Gate, it’s an exciting story and every time I picked it up and read it, it always left me wanting to know more.


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Reviewer Profile

Junior Reviewer Holly
  • Name: Holly
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: hockey, running and pancakes
  • Dislikes: maths and broccoli
  • Favourite Book: We Are the Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Favourite Film: Descendants
  • Favourite Song: Bad Girlfriend by Anne-Marie