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Journey Beyond the Burrow



by
Rina Heisel

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780063016033
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: General
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With the adventure of Avi’s Poppy series and the heart of A Wolf Called Wander, this middle grade debut follows one mouse’s journey to save his baby brother from a sinister evil.

There are rules every mouse must follow if they’re to survive in the forest.

Tobin knows these guidelines by heart. After all, with one younger sibling, another on the way, and a best friend with a penchant for trouble-making, he needs to be prepared for anything.

But when two monstrous arachnids break into his burrow and steal his baby brother away, Tobin will do anything to save him—even if it means breaking a few rules.

Perfect for fans of Henry Cole and Sara Pennypacker, Tobin’s unforgettable journey to save his brother—across rivers, underground through woodchuck dens, high up in treetops, and over rocky quarries—will leap off the page and into readers’ hearts.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Animal Stories (Tales), Adventure

Topics

Mice. Forest animals. Rescues. Friendship.  Family. Siblings. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8–Like all households, the Great Burrow where Tobin and his family reside has rules; important and perhaps life-preserving rules for a young mouse. But when Tobin, his sister, and his best friend Wiley leave the burrow to save his baby sibling, extenuating circumstances force sweeping rule changes. The newborn, abducted by massive Arakni spiders, faces certain death and time is of the essence. The valiant yet naive trio befriend unlikely comrades in their journey. From partnering with snake royalty to losing his tail and bearing responsibility for his crew, Tobin is forced to make decisions that will ultimately affect the lives of those he loves. The success of his squad rests heavily on his tiny, furry shoulders. Heisel’s sweet tale scurries through a perilous escapade whose plot coils and squirms alongside its characters. Strong pacing, character development, and description intertwine to build fresh anticipation for the classic animal journey saga. The field-mouse perspective is consistent and engaging, simultaneously showcasing the threats and attributes of these small, nimble critters. Inner thoughts and description from a field mouse’s eyes reveal the forest and its creatures from a novel perspective. Heisel lays out tidbits of information, leading readers to ponder solutions and potential paths throughout Tobin’s journey. Compelled to know what happens next, tweens will gobble up the unpredictability and unexpected situations. Readers will identify with Tobin, whose evident vulnerability fails to diminish his growth as a leader and hero. VERDICT Heisel’s mice quest leaps beyond tired animal stories with rich plot spins and compelling characters that will entice tweens and teach them about life’s journeys.–Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis Sch., Salt Lake City

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8–Like all households, the Great Burrow where Tobin and his family reside has rules; important and perhaps life-preserving rules for a young mouse. But when Tobin, his sister, and his best friend Wiley leave the burrow to save his baby sibling, extenuating circumstances force sweeping rule changes. The newborn, abducted by massive Arakni spiders, faces certain death and time is of the essence. The valiant yet naive trio befriend unlikely comrades in their journey. From partnering with snake royalty to losing his tail and bearing responsibility for his crew, Tobin is forced to make decisions that will ultimately affect the lives of those he loves. The success of his squad rests heavily on his tiny, furry shoulders. Heisel’s sweet tale scurries through a perilous escapade whose plot coils and squirms alongside its characters. Strong pacing, character development, and description intertwine to build fresh anticipation for the classic animal journey saga. The field-mouse perspective is consistent and engaging, simultaneously showcasing the threats and attributes of these small, nimble critters. Inner thoughts and description from a field mouse’s eyes reveal the forest and its creatures from a novel perspective. Heisel lays out tidbits of information, leading readers to ponder solutions and potential paths throughout Tobin’s journey. Compelled to know what happens next, tweens will gobble up the unpredictability and unexpected situations. Readers will identify with Tobin, whose evident vulnerability fails to diminish his growth as a leader and hero. VERDICT Heisel’s mice quest leaps beyond tired animal stories with rich plot spins and compelling characters that will entice tweens and teach them about life’s journeys.–Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis Sch., Salt Lake City

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