Toaff's Way
Toaff's Way

Toaff's Way

Written by Cynthia Voigt
8 - 12
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Aug 7, 2018
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Meet Toaff: a lovable squirrel, and new standout character, searching for a place to call home in this gem of a story by a Newbery Medal-winning author. Toaff is a small squirrel full of big questions. Why must I stay away from the human’s house? Why shouldn’t I go beyond the pine trees? Why do we fight with the red squirrels across the drive? His sister shrugs–that’s just the way things are. His brother bullies–because I said so. And the older squirrels scold–too many questions! Can Toaff really be the only one to wonder why? When a winter storm separates him from his family, Toaff must make his own way in the world. It’s a world filled with danger–from foxes and hawks and cats to cars and chainsaws. But also filled with delight–the dizzying scent of apple blossoms, the silvery sound of singing, the joy of leaping so far you’re practically flying. Over the course of a year, Toaff will move into (and out of) many different dreys and dens, make some very surprising friends (and a few enemies), and begin to answer his biggest questions–what do I believe and where do I belong? Master storyteller Cynthia Voigt offers readers a rich and rewarding story of finding one’s way in the world.

What Kind of Book is Toaff's Way

Primarily about

curiositysquirrels and chipmunks

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • After Toaff watches missus singing to the baby, mister cuts off the tree branches closest to the house. When Tzeef confronts Toaff about the reason the tree branches were cut, what does Toaff say? Would things have been better for Toaff if he had admitted he was responsible?


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Book Details

Publication Date
August 7, 2018
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Text Details
11.5-point Goudy Old Style MT
Page Count
Words Per Page
Middle Grade
Reading Age
8 - 12 years
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WorldCat Number (OCLC)
Lexile® Level
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