For fans of the Warrior series and Redwall, Braver: A Wombat’s Tale is an exciting new fantasy adventure novel for young readers from Suzanne Selfors and Walker Ranson. A 2021 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book Lola Budge isn’t your average bare-nosed wombat. While her parents and neighbors in the Northern Forest want nothing more than peace and quiet, Lola loves to talk. Bored by the quiet routine of wombat life, Lola desperately wants something, anything, interesting to happen. But when Lola follows the terrifying sound of unfamiliar screeching, she discovers a predator who has been kept in exile for many generations. And this creature has captured the peaceful wombats and carted them away–including Lola’s parents. To save her family, Lola will need help from the Queen of Tassie Island herself. But the road to the golden city of Dore is long and treacherous for a young wombat, especially with predators on the loose. To save the ones she loves, Lola will have to brave infested swamps, rushing rivers, and soaring heights, while encountering all sorts of strange critters, both friend and foe. At times exciting, at times heart-warming, this is the story of a wombat who is much braver than anyone imagined. An Imprint Book
This was really a delightful, uplifting epic journey tale. Courage, adventure, friendship. It doesn't replace Redwall, but it can be enjoyed as a precursor.
Suzanne Selfors is a nationally bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. She’s received four Junior Library Guild awards, appeared on a dozen state lists, earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. The Sasquatch Escape won the WA State Book Award and was Amazon’s Best Children’s Book of 2013. She lives on a northerly island where rain falls like music, which is why she gets so much writing done.
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