RAGWEED by Avi

RAGWEED

A Tale from Dimwood Forest
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Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

            Avi (see review, above) elaborates on the “city mouse, country mouse” theme in this rousing prequel to Poppy (1995), starring Poppy’s ill-fated beau.  Impelled by wanderlust to hop a train to who-knows-where, Ragweed ends up in the rundown part of Amperville, where the local mice (all named after car parts) are being terrorized by Felines Enraged About Rodents (F.E.A.R.), a two-cat extermination squad led by evil-tempered Silversides.  After several brushes with death, Ragweed defiantly teams up with Clutch, green-furred lead guitarist for the B-Flat Tires, to open a dance club for mice only, then in the climax organizes a devastating counterattack that sends F.E.A.R. scurrying out of town.  In the end, though, Ragweed opts for the country life (little knowing that it’s going to be sweet but short).  A colorful cast in which even the ferocious Silversides comes in for a dash or two of sympathy, plus a plot replete with, of course, narrow squeaks will keep readers turning the pages, while Floca’s scenes of tiny mice fleeing looming, toothy predators add more than a touch of drama.  (Fiction.  10-12)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-380-97690-0
Page count: 178pp
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1999




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