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Poppy and Rye Hardcover – June 1, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

The spirited mouse star from Poppy must now face life after Ragweed (her fiance who was killed by an owl). Poppy and her curmudgeonly porcupine friend Ereth leave Dimwood Forest in search of Ragweed's parents to tell them the sad news so that Poppy can "get on with her life." When they finally reach their destination, they discover it's hardly the "dullsville" that Ragweed had described. In fact, his family has been forced to leave their comfortable nest and move to higher ground: a clan of development-mad beavers are flooding out the residents in their efforts to turn the pastoral backwater into "Canad's Cute Condos." Along the way, Poppy encounters Ragweed's dreamy, poetic brother Rye, and before long the two mice are head over paws in love. When a showdown between the scheming beavers and the reluctantly heroic mice puts Rye in danger, Poppy risks everything to save him. Of course, all's well that ends well in this rollicking tale, which Avi infuses with generous helpings of adventure, romance and humor. He juggles multiple story lines effortlessly, and his characterizations are particularly engaging, from the blustering Caster P. Canad ("Bless my teeth and smooth my tail!"), head of the beaver coterie, to the smart-mouthed Ereth ("Look here, you pickle-tailed fur booger"). This thoroughly enjoyable sequel is sure to please old fans and will likely win some new ones. Ages 8-12.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6AThis novel tells the story, as promised in the final pages of Poppy (Orchard, 1995), of how the courageous deer mouse met and married her husband Rye. Picking up Poppy's story after her victory over Mr. Ocax the owl, Avi chronicles her quest to find her late fianc?'s family and tell them of his death in Mr. Ocax's claws. The couple meet early in her journey, but their growing love is temporarily thwarted by Rye's imprisonment within the lodge of clich?-spouting, indefatigably eager beavers. He is also hindered by his fears that he can't live up to Poppy's memories of Ragweed, who was Rye's sometimes admired, sometimes despised older brother. Unfortunately, the mouse's conflicting feelings about his brother are never clearly resolved, and Rye remains a less-developed character than Poppy, whose growth from timid to brave is one of the previous book's chief delights. Poppy and Rye also loses steam during a distracting subplot featuring Ereth the porcupine's cranky (and unrequited) love for Poppy, but it will still appeal to fans of the first book.ABeth Wright, Edythe Dyer Community Library, Hampden, ME
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Poppy Stories
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380976382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380976386
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,182,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on September 28, 2004
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Hello my name is LJ Richmond. I liked this book because there's a lot of action and adventure. The book is about a girl mouse who loses her fiance and she wants to find his parents so she can tell them of the bad news. On the way she finds a new friend. He is a porcupine. The book is sometimes funny and sometimes sad. Well thanks for reading my review. See ya.
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My 11 year old son and I read this together! We really loved the first book, but we both found this one to be highly annoying! Too much love triangle. Maybe because when you read it out loud it sounds even mushier and stupid! Quick shipping!
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We thought it was one of the best books we've ever read! We enjoyed it thoroughly and recommened it for young readers. We've always loved Ereth's alliteration. ERETH IS THE BEST!!!!!! We all love Poppy's adventurous spirit. We hope you come out with another book just as good, if not better.
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In this edition of the Poppy series by Avi, Poppy sets off on a quest to find her late boyfriend's (Ragweed's) parents, and tell them about how he died in an attack by Mr. Ocax, the great horned owl. If you read "Poppy" and enjoyed it (we did!), then you'll definitely love the sequel.

Our favorite characters, Poppy and Ereth are back! Poppy remains one of the smartest, kindest mice ever to come out of Dimwood Forest. Ereth the porcupine is still the bristly, foul-mouthed softie, who grudgingly supports Poppy in all of her adventures.

The setting of this installment is "The Brook". There is a battle being fought over "ownership" of the Brook, between Ragweed's family of golden mice, and a family of beavers. The beavers' leader, Caster P. Canad, speaks mainly in idioms, and it's hard not to like such a silly villain!

If you like adventure, funny dialogue, and the great outdoors, then this action-packed story is the perfect book for you! It is one of our second grade class' favorite read-alouds ever!
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Poppy and Rye by Avi is a sweet, adventurous, and brave tale of a small deer mouse named Poppy. After her boyfriend, Ragweed, was killed by an owl named Mr. Ocax while dancing on a hill in the moonlight, poppy sets out through Dimwood Forest to tell Ragweed's family the tragic news. Accompanying her on the journey, her dearest friend Ereth the porcupine, who has to leave his smelly old log, isn't too happy. "Oh, frozen frog pips!" says Ereth, who swears all of the time. Meanwhile, at Ragweed's home, which is on the bank of a brook, is still waiting for Ragweed's return. Ragweed's younger brother Rye is now in charge and is quite satisfied with the honor, but the family soon grows worried. When Poppy finally arrives, she finds out that the family's first home on the bank of the brook has been flooded by a group of beavers who have moved in to dam up the brook, and they are succeeding. As Poppy and Rye soon start to fall in love, they must also work together to fight the beavers to save their beloved brook, and themselves.
This book is a good book for young readers and beginners. It has well, descriptive images that bring the story to life. In this battle between small mice and large beavers, I thought there was enough going on and it started out simple, but then got more exciting, heart-pounding and fast. The story has a good balance because it switches off from one smaller story to the next. Staring off with the calm life of Poppy the mouse and Ereth the porcupine, then growing bigger into the beginning of the adventure. Then it switches to the proud yet lonely life of Rye, who wants to be in charge but also wants his brother home, and then finally to the beavers of Caster P. Canad and Company are starting to build the dam and negotiate with the mice.
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Poppy has done it again ! Not onley does she save Ragweed's brother ,Rye , from a nasty batch of beavers ,

but she also saves Ragweed's family as well. I'd say this book is for someone who likes animals that's

proabaly why I like it so much.
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I'm about to start reading the 3rd book, of the Poppy series to my class of Grade 3's. The children just adore all the characters, Ragweed, Poppy, Mr Ocax and Ereth the porcupine. All my language work is based around the books. I had to get these books from USA from Amazon or Dymmocks as the book is not available in Australia.
Regards Catherine
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A Kid's Review on January 9, 2007
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Struggling to find her love Rye, Poppy (a mouse) has to stop the beavers from making dams. She also has to stop them from turning the beautiful little pond to a big and dirty lake. Rye (a mouse) is trapped inside a dam and cannot get free. So Poppy is not only trying to stop the beavers and set free Rye, Poppy has a wild adventurer with her friend the porcupine, Ereth to tell Ragweed's parents (Rye's brother) is dead. Can Poppy stop the beavers as well as set free Rye and deliver the news? To find out, the call number is AVI and the author and illustrator is Avi and Brian Floca. You need to read this book along with the other great adventures with its series. "Ragweed," "Poppy,' "Poppy and Rye," Ereth's Birthday" and "Poppy's Return." This author has written many great books especially this one. So please, read this book. "Poppy and Rye" is a book for anyone. It has adventure, describing and wow words and many more! Here are some describing and colorful weird words said by Ereth. "Oh, fox flip," the porcupine growled. "Sticky roach toes," Ereth muttered. "Crabgrass up their snoots," Ereth snapped. Avi has a great word choice that makes you picture everything but with words. He really uses his imagination when it comes to writing words. This book I think everyone should read. So please try it!
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