Poppy

Paperback | August 15, 2006

byHarperCollins AviIllustratorBrian Floca

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner * ALA Notable Book * ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice * School Library Journal Best Book

“This exciting story is richly visual. The underlying messages, to challenge unjust authority and to rely on logic and belief in oneself, are palatably blended with action and suspense.” — School Library Journal

In the second book in the Tales of Dimwood Forest by Newbery Medal-winning author Avi, a tiny deer mouse named Poppy dares to stand up to a tyrannical owl.  The story is accompanied by inviting illustrations from Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Floca.

Poppy knew she was taking a risk following her beloved Ragweed to Bannock Hill, but a night of dancing with the handsome golden mouse was just too tempting. So when Ragweed is scooped up by the sinister owl, Mr. Ocax, who rules over Dimwood forest, she’s devastated. Her whole life she was warned of Mr. Ocax’s evil ways…how could she have been so foolish to put herself and Ragweed at risk?

To make matters worse, when Poppy attempts to move with her family to a different part of the woods where the food supply is richer, Mr. Ocax refuses to let them go. Despite what she’s been led to believe for years, Mr. Ocax is not as strong as he wants the mice to think he is. Armed with the bravery, gumption, and wit of a hero, Poppy embarks on a dangerous quest—joined by the irascible but lovable porcupine, Ereth—to defeat Mr. Ocax and lead her family to a better home.

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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Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner * ALA Notable Book * ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice * School Library Journal Best Book“This exciting story is richly visual. The underlying messages, to challenge unjust authority and to rely on logic and belief in oneself, are palatably blended with action and suspense.” — School Library JournalIn the...

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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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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.