THE TAKEN by Inbali Iserles
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 8 - 12
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A young foxling must navigate both the dangerous world of humans and the mysterious world of foxes as she searches for her missing family.

After chasing beetles and eating berries, Isla returns to her family’s den to find it on fire and overrun by an unfamiliar skulk. Isla barely escapes from the dangerous one-eyed vixen and her pack of branded foxes. Desperate to find shelter, she flees across the deathway (road), narrowly avoiding the manglers (cars). She must hide within the Snarl, the sprawling city of the furless ones. But Isla is naïve, and the city is a dark place filled with danger. So when Siffrin, a handsome fox, finds her and talks of magic and prophecy, she is understandably suspicious. But she is also desperate. Isla narrates her beautiful and dangerous world, forcing readers to see their own lives from the perspective of wild animals. A smooth highway is a death trap. Garden sheds are shelter. Annoying rodents are food. Vivid details, intriguing characters, and a riveting plot are smoothly executed in this exciting new series from one of the authors who write under the pseudonym of Erin Hunter.

Beautifully rendered and magical. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-545-69081-2
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015


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