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 Escape from Baxter's barn
 Author: Bond, Rebecca

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 246 p., ill., 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 131210 ISBN: 9780544332171
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Domestic animals -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Farm life -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

When Burdock, a young barn cat, sneaks into the house to get warm he hears that the farmer, Dewey Baxter, has terrible plans that will endanger all the animals, and he leads them in an attempt to escape before it is too late.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 175176

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/15)
   School Library Journal (02/01/15)
   Booklist (05/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2015 Gr 2–5—This story of friendship and teamwork is about a group of barn animals that functions as a close-knit family. This well-paced story told by the animals themselves is marked by a sense of anxiety as they deduce that the farmer is going to burn down the barn for the insurance money. They need to escape, but how can they get out of the locked barn? And where will they go? As the animals plot and plan, readers learn that each creature has a special gift and talent. It will take all of them working together to pull off their escape. Fans of Charlotte's Web and other gentle animal stories will enjoy this charming tale, which includes spot drawings throughout, illustrated by Bond using pen and ink. VERDICT This sweet story with a serendipitous ending has a comforting, classic feel.—Laura Fields Eason, Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School, Bowling Green, KY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/01/2015 Everything is fine on the farm until Burdock the cat shares a dastardly secret he learns after sneaking into the farmhouse to get warm: one of the Baxter brothers is planning to burn down the barn! Panicked, the animals wonder what will happen to them—would he burn the barn with them inside? Nanny the goat, the calming influence in their small livestock community, leads meetings in which they brainstorm and consider all possible plans of action. Twists and turns, an owl determined to help, and a major rainstorm add to the intrigue of the tale. Lively pen-and-ink drawings by the author assist this debut work in presenting the animals as individuals and as a family. The book offers an opportunity for younger readers to increase their vocabulary, especially if read with parents or older siblings. Despite a slightly abrupt ending, the story is filled with clear lessons about the danger of jumping to conclusions, the joys of teamwork, and the importance of accepting one another’s differences. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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