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by | Read by Andrew Sachs

Children Ages 8+ • 7.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2005

Hedgehogs, squirrels, otters, and moles are kings, queens, warriors, and orphans in this island kingdom inhabited by animals. This first installment of the Mistmantle series follows the adventures of a small squirrel, Urchin, who is destined for greatness, though he does not know it himself. Andrew Sachs's extraordinarily pliable voice tells a story that resembles Shakepeare's tragedies in its tangle of intrigue and heroism. It might actually spark young readers' interest in the Bard, so it's worth the listen--although I suspect the audio version improves upon the written book. If you're the parent of a particularly tenderhearted youngster, however, beware. No animal in this story is too charming to escape danger or death. A.M.D. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 06]



Trade Ed. • Listening Library • 2005

CD ISBN 0307206467 $34.00 • Six CDs

DD ISBN $23.80


Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2005

CS ISBN 1400098971 $35.00 • Four cassettes

CD ISBN 0307206777 $50.00 • Six CDs

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