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New York : Avon, 1998
IL 3-6  RL 6.0
ISBN 0380976382
Poppy and Rye is the sequel of Poppy, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner.  Poppy, a brave little deer mouse, battles a bullying great horned owl in that first book.  Now Poppy must wage war against a family of beavers who have constructed a dam that has flooded the peaceful valley where a family of mice with 63 children have lived for years.  The mice are forced to move to higher ground.  But the greedy beavers want an even larger dam and the water rises higher.  Rye, who wants to gain the same respect that everyone has for his older brother, Ragweed, is determined to prove his ability and courage to his family.  In a final showdown with the beavers, Poppy and Rye face kidnapping, imprisonment, and a dangerous rescue mission in order to regain the valley for the mouse family.  Packed with adventure, this is also a story of friendship and love, made even more enjoyable by Ereth, Poppy's best friend, an opinionated old porcupine who is always spouting hilarious insults about everyone and everything.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)
SUBJECTS:      Mice -- Fiction
                        Porcupines -- Fiction
                        Animals -- Fiction
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction


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