Ragweed by Avi
(The Poppy Stories)

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A prequel to Avi's award-winning Poppy , this is the story of Ragweed, the mouse Poppy loved and lost. Long before Ragweed finds his way to Dimwood Forest and to Poppy, he leaves his family and serene country home behind and sets off by train for the big city, a place fraught with cars, buses, music, pleasure, excitement, attitude and danger--chiefly in the form of cats!

Silversides, for instance, is an urbane specimen in a pink polyvinyl collar studded with diamond-like sequins. Founder and president of F.E.A.R.(Felines Enraged About Rodents), an organization dedicated to keeping cats on top, people in the middle, and mice on the bottom. Silversides and club vice president Graybar, stalks her prey relentlessly.

Ragweed befriends hipster band members Clutch, Dipstick and Lugnut as well as Blinker, a timid and vulnerable pet-store mouse. Through these friends, he discovers a world where courage and loyalty are the keys to survival. In so doing, Ragweed learns to trust himself and take charge of his destiny.

Together the mice transform an abandoned bookstore into a cool new club, the Cafe Independent, and plan a blowout--and cat-free--opening night. But with Silversides and Graybar prowling the sewers, just how long can their independence last?

 

About Avi

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Avi was born in 1937, in the city of New York and raised in Brooklyn. He began his writing career as a playwright, and didn't start writing childrens books until he had kids of his own. Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11", a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book; "Lightship", also a Sibert Honor Book; and "The Racecar Alphabet", an ALA Notable Children's Book, and "Locomotive", which explores America's first transcontinental railroad. He has illustrated Avi's Poppy Stories, Kate Messner's Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's "Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring", a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.
 
Published May 1, 2000 by Perfection Learning. 205 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Avi (see review, above) elaborates on the "city mouse, country mouse" theme in this rousing prequel to Poppy (1995), starring Poppy's ill-fated beau.

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Consummate storyteller Avi outdoes himself in this prequel to Poppy and Poppy and Rye, cutting loose with a crackerjack tale that's pure delight from start to finish. Here Ragweed, the adventurous mou

May 03 1999 | Read Full Review of Ragweed (The Poppy Stories)

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In a starred review, PW said, Consummate storyteller Avi outdoes himself in this prequel to Poppy and Poppy and Rye, cutting loose with a crackerjack tale that's pure delight from start to finish.

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Consummate storyteller Avi outdoes himself in this prequel to Poppy and Poppy and Rye, cutting loose with a crackerjack tale that's pure delight from start to finish.

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In a starred review, PW said, ""Consummate storyteller Avi outdoes himself in this prequel to Poppy and Poppy and Rye, cutting loose with a crackerjack tale that's pure delight from start to finish."" Ages 8-12.

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