Poppy

Paperback | August 15, 2006

byHarperCollins AviIllustratorBrian Floca

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From acclaimed Newbery-winning author Avi comes the thrilling and heartwarming second book in the classic animal adventure series, The Tales of Dimwood Forest.

At the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhouetted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owl's name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death himself. With his piercing gaze, he surveyed the lands he called his own, watching for the creatures he considered his subjects. Not one of them ever dared to cross his path . . . until the terrible night when two little mice went dancing in the moonlight. . . .

A perennially popular story of courage and determination, Poppy is a fixture on state award lists and in classrooms across the country.

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In the great tradition of Watership Down and Silverwing, Poppy stands as a marvellous contemporary animal adventure. The timid little mouse who dares to combat the controlling power of the evil hoot owl Ocax has become a favourite with middle readers between the ages of eight and 12. Avi is a popular children’s author who has received ...

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From acclaimed Newbery-winning author Avi comes the thrilling and heartwarming second book in the classic animal adventure series, The Tales of Dimwood Forest.At the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhouetted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owl's name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death ...

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King of the NightAt the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhouetted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owls name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death himself. With his piercing gaze, he surveyed the lands he called his own, watching for the creatures he considered his subjects. Not one of the...

Avi is the author of more than sixty books, includingCrispin: The Cross of Lead, a Newbery Medal winner, andCrispin: At the Edge of the World. His other acclaimed titles includeThe True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleandNothing But the Truth, both Newbery Honor Books, and most recentlyThe Seer of Shadows. He lives with his family in Col...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.4 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380727692

ISBN - 13:9780380727698

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Animal Fantasy At It's Best! The mice who live in Old Gray House are ruled over by the evil great horned owl, Mr. Ocax. When Ocax denies permission for the mice to move to a new area with more food Poppy, whom Ocax has blamed for his refusal, decides to take the long voyage to the new area by herself. Thus begins a peril filled journey that will forever change Poppy's life. This book is top-notch animal fantasy. Compelling characters face danger, death and the unknown in doses that bring one to the edge-of-your-seat excitement. The tension is very intense but is offset by frequent doses of laugh-out-loud humour. I love this book. My 7yo was beside himself at various points in the plot, cheering and yelling words of caution to Poppy. This book is most certainly a big hit for both old and young. *A note about the reading order. Poppy is the first book written in this series but not the first book that is promoted by the publishers. Ragweed is labeled the first in the series but is actually a prequel and the third book published. Since I first read this series as it was being written I am now re-reading the remaining books in as published order, which I think gives a better flow to the character development. Ereth's Birthday is fourth in the series but also a stand-alone. I recommend the books be read in published order.
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Avi's Poppy was the most wonderful story. I could hardly put it down! Gripping story and wonderful characters! I give 20 thumbs and toes up! I can hardly wait untill I have time to take out Poppy and Rye!
Date published: 2001-05-24

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In the great tradition of Watership Down and Silverwing, Poppy stands as a marvellous contemporary animal adventure. The timid little mouse who dares to combat the controlling power of the evil hoot owl Ocax has become a favourite with middle readers between the ages of eight and 12. Avi is a popular children’s author who has received both the Boston Globe and Horn Book Awards for Poppy.