It’s time for another Free Book Friday! This week, enter to win Jane Yolen’s Trash Mountain. With illustrations by Monkey with a Tool Belt illustrator Chris Monroe, this middle-grade novel is sure to delight. The Star Tribune’s Ann Klefstad calls the book “a gripping story, right-sized for children but with all the authentic drama of any novel” in her review.
Nutley is a young red squirrel. For most of his life, he’s been content to live on local seeds and the cautious wisdom of his parents. But like so many young squirrels before him, he feels the call of the wild (and the hazelnuts) beyond the safety of his family’s own tree. Nutley wonders what it would be like to be Dangerous, like the growing band of gray squirrels that roam his neighborhood.
Nature, which is truly red in tooth and claw, forces Nutley to find out if he’s cut out for a life of danger. He must flee his familiar tree for the smelly shelter of the local landfill. There, with the help of some unlikely allies, he might just be able to make a stand against the grays.
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