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The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush Paperback – April 14, 2009

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"The short chapters, funny lines, and exciting plot twists make this a particularly effective readaloud in the tradition of English novels that feature animals of the countryside in human roles." -- Booklist, November 15, 2007

"Young fox Penhaligon Brush discovers that you must be careful what you wish for in this exciting novel...This story has something for everyone - mystery, daring escapes, and a touch of romance. With well-developed characters and excellent pacing, it is difficult to put down." -- School and Library Journal, November 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

S. Jones Rogan traveled the world in search of adventure, then settled down in Los Angeles, California, where she works as a school librarian.

Christian Slade is an illustrator best known for his portraits of corgis. He lives in Orlando, Florida.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440422086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440422082
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,692,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Aquila on October 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought, "The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush" as a birthday gift for my good friend's ten year old daughter. She likes adventure stories and this book looked like it would fit the bill. Well, after the party when her friends had left and it had quieted down a bit, I saw my friend's daughter reading the book. I asked her how it was and she said, "great." So I asked her to read me a few pages out loud. She insisted that she go back to the beginning so that I'd know what was going on. She ended up reading me the whole first chapter, and I have to say that I after that I was hooked. I went back to the bookstore, bought a copy for myself and read it all the way through.
"The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush" by Sally Jones Rogan is a wonderful book not only for kids but I would say also for adults. It is a smart, old fashioned adventure story with a lot of twists, mystery, and cliff hangers that keep you turning pages even after you'd convinced yourself that you were going to stop reading on the next page. It is wonderfully written and the illustrations are quite good. My friend's daughter loved it and has already started her second read through.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with kids, (probably ages 9 and up), as one you can read with them and enjoy just as much as they do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Yanik on January 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was quite surprised to find myself, an adult, caught up with the story and unable to put down this book. It is easy to read, has alot of twists, and most of all allows my imagination to seamlessly fly away with the characters as i use to as a young reader! The illustrations were very good, although i wished they were in color. I especially liked the map because i made reference to it repeatedly throughout the story. Pre-teens would enjoy this book because the story line keeps one interested and curious from one chapter to the next! I hope there is another daring adventure for Penhaligon, Bancroft, Lady Ferball, Rowan and even Sir Derek!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
S. Jones Rogan's THE DARING ADVENTURES OF PENHALIGON BRUSH is a fantasy animal saga on the level of Watership Down or Redwall - but with young adult readers in mind. One Penhaligon Brush here finds himself in for more adventure than he wishes when he's captured by a band of armed ferrets, locked in Ferball Manor's dungeons, then thrown to his death in the sea. Upon rescue he discovers the dangers have only just begin in this hard-hitting saga of adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on March 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 9yo. Both my son and I love animal fantasy and the plot sounded like it would be something we would enjoy.

Summary: Penhaligon Brush is the town's apothecary. When he was just a cub his parents left him in the care of a Badger family but never came back, so he was raised as a member of that family. When Penhaligon receives a message from his brother Bancroft Badger to come to Porthleven right away, he hurries off. But when he arrives, Penhaligon finds that the village is under the cruel dictatorship of Lady Ferball's nephew, Sir Derek. Lady Ferball is apparently ill and hasn't been seen since his arrival while Bancroft has been arrested and thrown in the dungeon! Trying to see reason with Sir Derek, Penhaligon himself is sent to the dungeon and here he finds out about Sir Derek's diabolical plans to shipwreck the coming princess of Spatavia so he and his ferret army can capture all the gold and other riches aboard. Penhaligon, Bancroft, Lady Ferball and her companion Rowan along with the clandestine help of certain villagers set out to foil Sir Derek's plans and free the village from his clutches.

Comments: Both my son and I thoroughly enjoyed this. Set in a medieval world the book has a "Redwall" aura to it but aimed at a much younger audience. The separation of good and evil is very clear; the good characters are always good and the bad are not just bad but downright nasty. We both fell in love with a secondary character called Hotchi-witchi, a hedgehog, who ends up joining the gang. He's a brave little guy despite his fears and very comical. My son also enjoyed Old Amon, the lighthouse keeper, who didn't say a lot but when he did he had the habit having say "oh, aye" all the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Hurwitz on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought the book for a nephew and ended up reading it myself and thoroughly enjoying it. There's plenty of page-turning adventure and plenty of well-drawn memorable characters. The story is set in pre-industrial England and the author imparts an excellent sense of place with her descriptions of villages and countryside. The book is strong on values as both the hero, Penhaligon, and heroine, Rowan, grow as persons as the story unfolds. The plot is cleverly designed and has plenty of excitement for adventure readers. We both enjoyed the book and I for one, couldn't put it down until I finished it at 1:00 AM in the morning. Highly recommended for readers 9 years or older but it's a story that could be read by parents to younger children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
For younger readers, this is a good adventure story with a mystery - why did Penhaligon's parents abandon him? It deals with the issue of prejudice and involves a popular rebeliion against a tyrannical overlord. One sword fight (no deaths) - most of the rebellion comes through mischief - itching powder and sleeping draughts.

No objectionable language. Adoption/foster families presented in a positive light. 230 pages, pencil sketch illustrations, lovable characters.
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