Poppy and Ereth

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Harper Collins, Apr 28, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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Poppy, a deer mouse, and Ereth, a grumbling porcupine, have been the best of friends for as long as the animals of Dimwood Forest can remember. An unstoppable pair ever since they defeated the tyrannical owl, Mr. Ocax, Poppy and Ereth have enjoyed many happy adventures together. But when a swirl of bitter winter storms buries Dimwood Forest in snow and Poppy's husband, Rye, dies suddenly, all Poppy wants is some privacy. "Dancing doorknobs," Ereth mutters to no one in particular, "how can she not want to see me?" As he waddles back to his log, Ereth fears he may have lost his dear friend forever.

But Ereth has not lost Poppy, at least not yet. As the ground begins to thaw, life returns to Dimwood Forest and Poppy ventures out in search of excitement. Suddenly, swooped up by Luci the bat, Poppy is flying high over the forest and unexpectedly embarks on her greatest adventure. Meanwhile, Ereth, left to his own devices, manages to convince himself that Poppy has died and, as only the old porcupine can do, sets about to give her the best memorial service the forest has ever known.

The last episode of the Poppy stories, poppy and ereth is a rousing adventure befitting one of the great heroines of children's literature as well as a final, heartwarming celebration of the life, love, and friendship of two most unlikely companions.

 

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Contents

The Hard Winter
1
CHAPTER
14
CHAPTER 5
25
CHAPTER 6
32
CHAPTER 7
38
CHAPTER 9
50
CHAPTER 11
61
CHAPTER 13
76
On the Trail to Glitter Creek
134
Poppy and Bounder
137
Spruce Sees Whats Bad
143
Poppy Tries to Escape
148
The Bridge to Dimwood Forest
153
What Poppy and Bounder Did
155
Where Is Spruce?
165
The Rescue
169

CHAPTER 14
85
CHAPTER 15
91
CHAPTER 17
99
CHAPTER 19
107
Poppy in the Tunnel
115
The Fire
120
Ereth Looks at Himself
122
Bounder the Fox
128
Poppys Funeral
174
Poppy Alive
182
Surrounded
188
The End
198
The Beginning
200
Ryes Poem
210
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Avi is the author of more than sixty books, including Crispin: The Cross of Lead, a Newbery Medal winner, and Crispin: At the Edge of the World. His other acclaimed titles include The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth, both Newbery Honor Books, and most recently The Seer of Shadows. He lives with his family in Colorado.

Brian Floca's illustrations have appeared in several books by Avi, including the six volumes of the Poppy stories and the graphic novel City of Light, City of Dark. For younger readers, he is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo II as well as the highly praised books Lightship, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and ALA Notable Book; The Racecar Alphabet, also an ALA Notable Book; and Five Trucks.

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