I’ve been a fan of the Redwall books by Brian Jacques for a long time now so I was thrilled to stumble upon Poppy by Avi. All the characters are animals (mostly mice) who live in an abandoned house in the country. They live under the control of Mr. Ocax, the neighborhood owl, and are afraid to ask him permission to find another place to live. Only Poppy has the courage to look for a new home and face Mr. Ocax when she is banished from the house and her family.
The characters are great, honest, likable (and not so likable); the woods setting is described
beautifully; and there is plenty of danger and adventure.
Here are the sequels: Poppy and Rye and Poppy and Ereth
Below is an interview with the author Avi about how he got his ideas for the Poppy books:
The Emerald Atlas: The Books of Beginning, Book One is most certainly one of my favorite new fantasy books. So rich and compelling . . . but that might have something to do with the fact that I listened to this on audio and Jim Dale, the man of a million voices, was immensely superb as the narrator.
Don’t know what I loved better. Reading this book or finding these gorgeous trailers. In fact, I found a couple of different versions of the same trailer and I’m not sure which one I like better. Take a look and decide for yourself!
No sign of when Book Two is coming out, so we must wait with much patience. Sigh.
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