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With the adventure of Avi’s Poppy series and the heart of A Wolf Called Wander, this charming and exciting middle grade adventure 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 one stormy night, Tobin’s safe burrow is invaded by monstrous arachnids, and his baby brother stolen away. To save him, Tobin will have to do something he’s never done before: break the rules.
Drawing inspiration from the author’s work as a natural science documentarian, Journey Beyond the Burrow is as alive as the forest floor, where nature is unpredictable, occasionally frightening, and inspirational all the same.
Includes a black-and-white illustrated front piece.
Rina Heisel has written the scripts for many natural science-themed documentaries and magazine segments, a few of which have links on her website, rinaheisel.com. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. After eleven years producing educational television programs for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Rina found she especially enjoyed writing segments centering on natural sciences. She found lots of inspiration in the animals she filmed, feeling as if she was getting a sneak peek into their secret worlds.
"A heart-pounding, paw-thumping adventure featuring a tiny hero with a giant heart."
— Jan Eldredge, author of Evangeline of the Bayou
"Such a fabulous combination of heartwarming and twisty-turny! There are plenty of daring escapes and close calls to keep readers on the edges of their seats." — Kate Albus, author of A Place to Hang the Moon
"The cliffhanger chapters had us gasping for "one more!" And the laugh-out-loud moments provided much-needed comic relief to break up the rollercoaster ride." — Ben Gartner, author of The Eye of Ra and Sol Invictus
"Although there is peril aplenty for the young mice, the gentle spirit of Heisel’s writing will keep young readers in suspenseful wonder." — Alysa Wishengrad, author of The Verdigris Pawn
“Heisel takes readers on a high-octane mouse-eye view of a daring rescue. A delightful, detailed adventure in which a trio of mice become heroes.” — Kirkus Reviews
"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." — School Library Journal