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Brambleheart: A Story about Finding Treasure and the Unexpected Magic of Friendship
Contributor(s): Cole, Henry (Author), Cole, Henry (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0062245465     ISBN-13: 9780062245465
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
OUR PRICE: $14.44  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2016
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Annotation: A young apprentice chipmunk in a guild of craftsanimals strikes up an unlikely relationship with a dragon who teaches him the meaning of true friendship.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2014048578
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Series: Brambleheart
Physical Information: 1.3" H x 5.4" W x 7.1" (0.85 lbs) 272 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 180474
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Cole, Henry: -

Henry Cole was a celebrated science teacher for many years before turning his talents to children's books. He has worked on nearly one hundred and fifty books for children, including Unspoken, Big Bug, A Nest for Celeste, Jack's Garden, and On Meadowview Street. Henry loves being outside, where he can sketch and write. His favorite sound is the first robin song of the spring. You can visit him online at www.henrycole.net.

Cole, Henry: -

Henry Cole was a celebrated science teacher for many years before turning his talents to children's books. He has worked on nearly one hundred and fifty books for children, including Unspoken, Big Bug, A Nest for Celeste, Jack's Garden, and On Meadowview Street. Henry loves being outside, where he can sketch and write. His favorite sound is the first robin song of the spring. You can visit him online at www.henrycole.net.

Cole, Henry: -

Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jack s Garden, On Meadowview Street, and A Nest for Celeste. Brambleheart was inspired by the heap of discarded treasures in the woods behind his childhood farm. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.



Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Inept chipmunk Twig worries he won't receive a worthy job assignment at the upcoming Naming Ceremony. When a newly hatched dragon imprints on him, the extraordinary event brings him new purpose and success. Cole's soft black-and-white pencil illustrations complement the text, evoking Twig's simple, wondrous experience of nature, friendship, and growing up. Though twee, this story has classic animal-fantasy appeal. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 November)

Gr 4–6—Twig just isn't like anyone else he knows. Despite being well-meaning, sensitive, and thoughtful, the little chipmunk can't seem to fulfill the expectations of his teachers or his community. On "the Hill," aptitude in crafts is the only acceptable route to prestige and a named place in the social hierarchy. Twig tries, but he'd rather read picture books and dream than practice his knots or brush up on his lousy welding skills. When a chance adventure ends in Twig and his best friend, Lily, assuming responsibility for a baby dragon, Twig's skills get a boost but his future becomes even more precarious. What does he truly want? Who does he want to be? In this sweet but slightly heavy-handed illustrated fable, Cole tackles large themes with a gentle tone. Failure, frustration, family, and friendship are at the heart of this sweet tale, and loyalty and camaraderie are the driving forces of the simple plot. The ending, which includes a surprising about-face from a secondary character, feels rushed but leaves the story pleasingly open-ended. VERDICT A good pick for proficient younger readers who prefer gentler themes.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library

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