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The Green Ember by S.D. Smith Illustrated by Zach Franzen

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Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world. Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend. Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?

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Clever young rabbit siblings Heather and Picket have normal lives. But when the world they know literally burns up, they are hurtled into a dangerous adventure and learn of the legendary tale of the greatest rabbit ruler, King Jupiter. Their family name is discredited by a traitor, and the world waits for the long-lost true heir of King Jupiter to claim the throne. Secrets hide in every corner, and Heather and Picket must come to terms with where their loyalty lies. Can they restore peace, earn back their family’s honor, and protect Jupiter’s heir from the terrors that run rampant everywhere around them?
I greatly enjoyed this book! 
It’s said to be a lot like Redwall (which I haven’t read yet, but want to). There is a prequel, The Black Star of Kingston, and a sequel is coming soon.
The illustrations are very eye-catching. Although there are only a few, they contribute to the imagery and magic of the book.

My favorite characters are Picket and Heather. Picket must overcome his own weaknesses to guard Jupiter’s heir. Unlike heroes in some other stories, Picket isn’t a perfectly admirable hero. Because of this, it is easier to identify with him. Many of us, like him, strive to be strong for those they care about. Heather tries to be cheerful and upbeat in order to help Picket be too. I can understand how those with any younger siblings want to be their best selves for them because I feel that way also about my younger brother.

Read this book!
It’s worth the money.Picture

Parental Advisory: action-violence

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