For fans of the Warrior series and Redwall, Braver: A Wombat’s Tale is an exciting new fantasy adventure novel for young readers from Suzanne Selfors and Walker Ranson.
A 2021 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book
Lola Budge isn’t your average bare-nosed wombat. While her parents and neighbors in the Northern Forest want nothing more than peace and quiet, Lola loves to talk. Bored by the quiet routine of wombat life, Lola desperately wants something, anything, interesting to happen.
But when Lola follows the terrifying sound of unfamiliar screeching, she discovers a predator who has been kept in exile for many generations. And this creature has captured the peaceful wombats and carted them away—including Lola’s parents.
To save her family, Lola will need help from the Queen of Tassie Island herself. But the road to the golden city of Dore is long and treacherous for a young wombat, especially with predators on the loose. To save the ones she loves, Lola will have to brave infested swamps, rushing rivers, and soaring heights, while encountering all sorts of strange critters, both friend and foe.
At times exciting, at times heart-warming, this is the story of a wombat who is much braver than anyone imagined.
An Imprint Book
Suzanne Selfors is a best-selling, award-winning author of over thirty books for young readers, including Wish Upon a Sleepover and Fortune’s Magic Farm. She held a number of jobs before becoming a writer, including children's photographer, video producer, organic flower grower, and marketing director. She lives in Washington.
Walker Ranson studied engineering at Gonzaga University, worked as a pizza chef and grocery stocker before finally admitting to his family and friends that what he really wanted to do was to be a writer. Braver: A Wombat's Tale, is his first published novel. Walker currently works at an independent bookstore and is writing his next book.
"Richly imagined, tightly woven, and deliciously nuanced...Engrossing and engaging—a fabulous hero’s quest." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A terrifically engaging tale filled with suspense and silliness....A page-turner that still manages to impart lessons in the joy of unexpected friendships, the strength of familial bonds, and the satisfaction that can come from embracing your truest self." —Booklist, starred review
Wish Upon a Sleepover:
"Sure to be a crowd pleaser." —Booklist
"A good book on empathy and friendship." —Kirkus Reviews
"Chock full of quirky details... a light-hearted, affirming read." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A delightfully funny, relatable tale." —School Library Journal
"Huzzah for Suzanne Selfors! By turns humorous and poignant, this terrific book was impossible to put down."
—Suzanne Williams, co-author of the Goddess Girls series
Fortune's Magic Farm:
“Fortune’s Magic Farm is a love apple for all readers, delicious and magical.”
—Grace Lin, Newbery Honor author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
“Beautiful writing, quirky characters, and an imaginative plot...make this a good choice.” —Booklist
“Readers will cozy up to the tale’s quirky characters and enjoy the many twists and turns of this magical adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews