luckyWritten by Chris Hill

Stories where animals are portrayed as human-like characters don’t normally appeal to me, so I was skeptical when I picked this book up. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was pulled in to the plot. Lucky is a red squirrel who awakes from an injury to find he is now living with a gray squirrel colony. He doesn’t remember his past and is wary of his new “family.” Soon he is thrust into contests of courage and must prove himself to be both loyal to new friends and worthy to stay in his new home. There are adventures, intrigue, peril and even some wonderfully written police dogs. At the back of the book, Hill includes some interesting facts about gray and red squirrels. I highly recommend this book to even skeptics like me.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Written by Chris Hill
Chicken House/Scholastic Inc.
197 pages
Release Date: February 23, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

Categories: Elem. – Fiction
Tags: animal adventure fiction, squirrel fiction, animal stories fiction, bravery, friendship, friendship loyalty, amnesia fiction

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