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Squirrel Wars Paperback – March 18, 2017
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Five Star AWARD from Readers' Favorite: Jane Finch's epic animal fantasy for children and young adults, Squirrel Wars, is a well-written and absorbing tale about a colony of red squirrels who lived in mortal dread of the greys, who were larger and more vicious. In a drama worthy of Romeo and Juliet, Rowan meets a young female grey squirrel, and finds what they have in common is much greater than their differences. Their growing relationship is doomed, however, when the greys find out about it and imprison her. Rowan will risk all to save her, but the odds seem so overwhelmingly in the favor of the hostile and physically superior greys. Readers who are familiar with the real threats to the native red squirrel in Great Britain, whose existence is increasingly threatened by the larger grays and hybrid blacks, will feel a special connection to this story. There's also the further message about bullying and the strength those who are bullied can summon up when they unite and ask for help.
Squirrel Wars is suspenseful and action-packed, and Rowan's coming of age as a young squirrel is marvelous indeed. Those with very young or impressionable younger children may want to pre-screen Squirrel Wars as there is violence and the inevitable loss of life that is the price of any war. As with Richard Adams' classic animal fantasy, Watership Down, there's drama, adventure, romance and battles to be found in Squirrel Wars. It's a marvelous read for animal and nature lovers of all ages and it's most highly recommended.
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The characters you meet in the story are engaging and you will come to love Rowan and his bravery and dedication to his newfound friend, Fern. The plot is well conceived and the setting and descriptions are beautifully detailed for the reader.
This is a well-written and exciting adventure that contains some moral messages, which are expertly woven into the story. There are lessons about family and overcoming fear as well as learning to have an open heart and accepting others and their differences. I highly recommend this wonderful animal adventure.
Jeanne E. Rogers, Author
The Gift of Sunderland: An Australian Fantasy Adventure
Like in real life, the grey squirrels have taken over many of the places where red squirrels use to live and in Jane Finch's book the red squirrels are afraid that the grey squirrels will invade their territory. Rowan makes friends with a grey Squirrel called Fern and keeps this a secret from his family. I thought this was so sweet and I had to look up why grey and red squirrels can't live together after reading this book. it's unfortunately due to a pox virus that the grey squirrels carry that is fatal to the red squirrels. Anyway, this was just my personal curiosity while reading Jane Finch's book.
The books is not just a cute story about friendship between two squirrels but it's much more than that. It shows that it doesn't matter where you are from and what color you are to love one another. I enjoyed reading the book.
This is a perfect book for ages 7 to 11, or for a grandparent to share with a grandchild. The story is not only engaging, but has a message for all of us today who are trying to end bullying.