In the first book, twelve-year-old Gabriel meets a raven named Paladin and discovers a mysterious ability only members of his family possess. With his unusual new friend he sets off on a mission of seemingly impossible challenges and perplexing riddles.



The exciting sequel to Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle. Gabriel and his friends attempt to find his mother who has been 'disappeared' to a mysterious place somewhere in the ruins of Aviopolis, the Chamber of Runes . . . more riddles, an  important new character, and a devastating ending!





"A vivid, compelling fantasy that sends you off into a world you will not soon forget."


   -Norton Juster,

       The Phantom Tolbooth


Ravens and riddles go back a long way in our history. If you're interested in more information about ravens, click here!


To play around with more riddles, click here!


Perhaps you'd prefer to make up your own. Click here to learn how to make up your own "stinky pinky" riddles!


If you'd like to know some odd secrets behind the Gabriel Finley books, click here.












George Hagen was born in 1958 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and has worked as a carpenter, cartoonist, magazine writer, screenwriter and novelist.


He has written two adult novels, THE LAMENTS and TOM BEDLAM. The GABRIEL FINLEY series are his only childrens books.


He likes history, science, weird languages, puzzles, fiction, poems, riddles, palindromes and puns and is fascinated by how things work and where odd words come from.


He has a dog named Finley.


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For information about his adult novels, click here.


Ad Astra, CA

Bach Elementary School, MI

Braeside School, IL

The Brearley School, NY

British Int'l School of NY, NY

Bungay Elementary School, CT

Churchill School & Center, NY

Cypress Hills Community School, NY

The Dalton School, NY

Democracy Prep Endurance, NY

Dobbs Ferry Middle School, NY

Emerson School, MI

Friends Seminary, NY

Gainfield Elementary School, CT

Greenwich Country Day School, CT

Hamden Middle School, CT



George has given presentations to schools and library clubs of 4th to 7th graders in groups of 12 to 300, from New York to Los Angeles.


He delivers a 40-50 minute Powerpoint presentation on the writing process behind the Gabriel Finley books. This can be adapted upon request to include an interactive discussion of mythical and modern heroes, solving puns, riddles, and identifying signposts to reading and writing.


Playing with metaphors, puns and verse is an exciting way for young writers to expand their skills whether writing fiction or nonfiction.






















Presentations require an honorarium. Schools with very limited resources should contact George directly to discuss other ways to arrange a presentation.


Please contact George for more details.



Schools where George has presented or skyped:

Hubble Middle School, IL

Little Red School House, NY

Manorhaven School, NY

Northport Public Library, NY

Packer Collegiate, NY

Perrot Memorial Library, CT

Poly Prep Country Day School, NY

Renbrook School, CT

Schechter School of Long Island, NY

Spring Glen School, CT

Squadron Line School, CT

Union School, NY

West Woods School, CT

Washington School, IL

Williamsburg Northside School, NY





To reach George either with questions, or to arrange Skype meetings or appearances, please use the following email address:


George "at"


And the answer? A raven, of course!








George will do FREE skype sessions with school or library groups for 15 minutes. Please contact him in advance to schedule.