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Author: Hill, Chris
Lucky is a young red squirrel who was rescued from a hawk, and now must somehow make his home among the Cloudfoot clan of the larger, gray squirrels who live in the city park--and trouble is brewing, for the rival gray squirrels known as the Northenders are planning an invasion.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 181666
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Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 67415
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/01/15)
School Library Journal (02/01/16)
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School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 Gr 3–6—Lucky, a young red squirrel, is appropriately named. Buried within memories, Lucky recalls the "shrinking winds, splintering wood, and sharp talons" that brought him to his new home with the Cloudfoots, a larger gray squirrel clan. Although his new mother tries to reassure him, everyone knows Lucky is different—even he knows he is different. The Cloudfoots are stronger and much larger (not to mention, much tougher) than Lucky. To fit in with the clan, he is thrust into the Squirrel Trial, a coming-of-age test that will allow him a permanent place within the society of the Cloudfoots. As Lucky begins to prepare himself for the trials, he discovers that the Northenders, a less-fortunate squirrel clan further down the avenue, want control of the rich Cloudfoot lands. A war is approaching, and Lucky's new clan needs him to help. Debut author Hill intertwines themes of loyalty and friendship with a coming-of-age story of a young outcast going against the odds. Lucky is an endearing character who deals with some very sorrowful moments. VERDICT Lovers of animal adventure stories like The Tale of Despereaux and Charlotte's Web will embrace this sweet tale.—Brittney Kosev, Terra Vista Middle School, Wolforth, TX - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.