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 Mysterious woods of Whistle Root
 Author: Pennell, Christopher

 Illustrator: Bond, Rebecca

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 215 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 709145 ISBN: 9780547792637
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Subjects:
 Adventure fiction
 Rats -- Fiction
 Owls -- Fiction
 Forests and forestry -- Fiction
 Musicians -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 Orphans -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
Eleven-year-old Carly Bean Bitters, an orphan, can only sleep during the day and feels very lonely until she meets a rat, Lewis, and sets off on an adventure to figure out what is threatening the woods and its inhabitants.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 161865
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 61970

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (-) (09/01/13)
   School Library Journal (10/01/13)
   Booklist (10/01/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2013 Gr 4–6—This delightful first novel tells the tale of Carly Bean Bitters, an orphan who only sleeps during the day. Living with an uncaring aunt, the 11-year-old is lonely until a violin-playing rat named Lewis recruits her for his moonlit musical trio. She meets a number of his friends who are in danger from owls that are suddenly hostile. She also encounters the dangerous Griddlebeast, intent on destroying Whistle Root Woods. It's up to Carly; her new friend, Green; and his granny to save the precious forest. Charming black-and-white illustrations add to the overall effect of the story, which will remind readers of beloved works by Kate DiCamillo and E. B. White. Pennell offers marvelous characters, incorporates a mythical story within the story, gives readers a suspenseful plot, and creates a genuinely creepy and amoral villain. It's all rather old-fashioned and quite lovely.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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