Brambleheart #2: Bayberry Island: An Adventure About Friendship and the Journey Home

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Author: Cole, Henry

Brand: Katherine Tegen Books



Format: Deckle Edge

Number Of Pages: 176

Release Date: 02-05-2017

Details: Product Description In Henry Cole’s beautifully illustrated sequel to Brambleheart, reminiscent of Brian Jacques’s Redwall and Avi’s Poppy series, Twig’s fantastical adventures continue as he and his animal friends set sail to reunite Char with his dragon family. Twig never thought he would leave the Hill again. But now Twig and his friends Basil and Lily find themselves on a dangerous journey downriver to bring Char home. Unsure of where they are going, or how far they will travel from home, the crew will have to work together and find their sea legs if they want to stay afloat. Will they survive the catastrophes nature throws their way and find Char's mysterious island home?  From School Library Journal Gr 3–6—In this slim sequel to Brambleheart, Cole picks up the adventures of young chipmunk Twig, his rabbit friend Lily, and their nemesis-turned-accomplice Basil the weasel right where they left off, sailing out to sea in a found boat. On a mission to return lost baby dragon Char to his family, the young animals cheerfully leave everything they know behind, braving unknown creatures, high seas, and, finally, shipwreck with resourceful optimism. Exposition and character development are almost nonexistent, and readers who skipped Brambleheart may find themselves a little out of sorts. However, Cole's writing is actually more suited to straightforward adventure, and this sequel is a fun and fast-moving, if not deep, read. Detailed pencil drawings enhance and enrich the simple text. VERDICT An enjoyable read-aloud or easy middle grade selection for readers of gentle nature fantasy.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library Review “Cole’s pencil drawings appear on almost every spread, earnest, immediate, and expressive. Animal fantasy adventure with a gentle feel.” -- Kirkus Reviews “A compelling adventure for young or sensitive readers. Adding to the story’s charm are Cole’s pencil illustrations, softly depicting the small animals’ bravery in a huge, unpredictable world. A sweet, satisfying adventure.” -- Booklist “Detailed pencil drawings enhance and enrich the simple text. An enjoyable read-aloud or easy middle grade selection for readers of gentle nature fantasy.” -- School Library Journal “Twig is what all heroes - large and small - should be: charming, courageous, and kind. Delightful!” -- Lisa Fiedler, Author of The Mouseheart Trilogy and Stage-Struck “Fantasies wrapped around the secret, almost human world of woodland animals are eaten up by young readers. Throw another fantastical animal into the mix-a dragon-and there are sure to be plenty more kids who will buy in.” -- ALA Booklist PRAISE FOR BRAMBLEHEART: “Cole’s black-and-white pencil drawings are earnest yet emotionally sharp. Nestled in a small trim size, this is an appealing and accessible genre blend.” -- Kirkus Reviews About the Author Henry Cole was a celebrated science teacher for many years before turning his talents to children’s books. He has worked on nearly one hundred and fifty books for children, including Unspoken, Big Bug, A Nest for Celeste, Jack’s Garden, and On Meadowview Street. Henry loves being outside, where he can sketch and write. His favorite sound is the first robin song of the spring. You can visit him online at

EAN: 9780062245519

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New