LUCKY by Chris Hill
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 8 - 11
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Lucky, a red squirrel, is nothing like his new adopted family.

The gray Cloudfoots are bigger, stronger, and faster than he. It will take all of his wits to survive the Cadet Troop training and avoid being Cast Down. Instead of becoming cynical about his misfortune, Lucky develops compassion and determination. He quickly befriends Nimlet, another outcast. Together they develop a strategy for surviving the final race that will decide their fate in the Clan. But when the Northenders, a group of rival gray squirrels, attack their home, Lucky and Nimlet will need more than cunning and speed to keep the two clans from destroying each other. While Lucky is the perfect hero, upholding truth and honor above scheming and victory, he is only one of a large cast of interesting characters, including Finlay, a retired police dog; Eric a softhearted Staffordshire terrier; Amber a sly fox; and Tarragon, a Northender—all are part of the amusing, entertaining, and heartwarming cast. An author’s note explains the history of the invasive gray and indigenous red squirrels in the U.K. and offers resources for those interested in red-squirrel conservation.

A sweet story that begs a sequel—ideal for fans of the Warriors series. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-545-83977-8
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2015


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