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|Braver : a wombat's tale|
Author: Selfors, Suzanne
When her parents and the other quiet, shy wombats of the Northern Forest are captured by the traitorous, carnivorous Tassie devils, Lola Budge, a talkative, adventure-seeking young wombat, embarks on a rescue mission, joined by a swamp water rat and a baby penguin.
Booklist (+) (05/15/20)
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Booklist - 05/15/2020 *Starred Review* Young Lola isn’t your average wombat: she’s prone to chatter and often sneaks out for neighborly chats with the field mice and local birds. While she tries to tamp down her curiosity and live in harmony with her fellow wombats, she secretly longs for excitement. Her wish is dramatically granted when the entire wombat community, including her parents, are abducted from their cozy burrows while she’s sneaking about, and it’s up to a distraught but determined Lola to make the perilous journey to seek the queen’s help. Lola doesn’t remain alone for long, accidentally teaming up with a gentle swamp water rat and a hapless fairy penguin, and the ragtag trio becomes an unlikely heroic team on a crusade for wombat justice. It’s a terrifically engaging tale filled with suspense and silliness, and young readers will quickly find themselves absorbed in the marvelously detailed world of the Australian wilderness. There are shades of Brian Jacques’ Redwall (1986) here, but it’s a much kinder world, and the novel cast of unusual antipodean critters allows the story to work in tidbits of real info about the Australian wildlife (poison platypus spurs! cubic wombat poop!). A page-turner that still manages to impart lessons in the joy of unexpected friendships, the strength of familial bonds, and the satisfaction that can come from embracing your truest self. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.