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The Rising Hardcover – 2 Oct 2014
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'Following the perilous adventures of a family of voles, this is a really thrilling piece of storytelling.' (Korky Paul, Sunday Express S Magazine)
'A gripping and moving tale for children.' (Martin Chilton, Telegraph)
'Just the sort of book I would have loved as a child.' (Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk)
'Moorhouse's lyrical prose is captivating and this is without doubt a truly exceptional piece of storytelling.' (Teach Primary)
'Read the book... You won't regret it, I promise. There's a world to remember here.' (The Bookbag)
'It reminds me of Watership Down, but with water voles instead of rabbits, and personally I think The Rising is better.' (Cool Kids' Creations, The Guardian)
'This book is packed with detail about water voles and their habitat yet the detail never seems forced, enhancing rather than overtaking the story.' (Edd Bankes, Armadillo Magazine)
'Ecologist Tom Moorhouse transports us into a colourful world in this follow-up to The River Singers' (BBC Wildlife)
'Both gripping and moving' (Carousel)
'It's really really difficult to write animal stories which do justice to the nature of the animal and the human need for a human story...Tom Moorhouse has managed to produce yet another compelling story.' (Melanie McDonagh, 'Children's books for Christmas', Spectator)
An epic tale of adventure, courage, and survival.
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The new tale is set approximately a year on from the last. The youthful Aven and Sylvan are now adult water-voles and Aven has brought a new generation of sparky, bright youngsters into the world. Sylvan is a battered worldly wise traveller who has had many adventures. Fodor the rat from the first book returns as Uncle Fodor to the new generation.
There is an unexpected and joyful reunion, but there is also the constant threat from nature herself. Not from mink this time, but from rising river levels, swamping their world and forcing them into alien environments.
Again, Tom Moorhouse has created a perfect balance where we hear what animals have to say in words and emotions that we can understand, but where the behaviour displayed is totally consistent with that experienced in the wild. An entrancing story.
This book sees the return of Sylvan, who is now an uncle - his niece and nephew Strife and Kale are the main characters though as, like Sylvan in the first book they set off on an adventure, drawn by the call of Sinethis - the name they use for the river water, a God or Goddess who is mighty, generous but also deadly to the voles. There's a lot of action in the 196 pages of my copy (I read the non-illustrated manuscript), and I was so drawn into the story it was a very quick read. The reader actually learns quite a lot about voles and their habits through this tale without even realising it. The author once again makes you believe in the characters and it's surprising how much empathy he can get you to feel for the most seemingly unlovable animal; Fodor the rat makes a return too in this second book.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book and will be waiting for more from this author with anticipation - both my children and I agree it's the best thing we've read in ages and I would think it would appeal to children from 7 and up, for reading together or for confident free readers alike.
The story continues about water voles, Aven is now a mother and has three pups of her own, they are Strife, Kale and Ivy. Fodur the rat is also living with Aven and he’s the pups Uncle. The little ones love to her stories about their mother and her siblings. Sylvan comes back for a visit so the pups get to meet their Uncle and Fodur is extremely pleased to see his friend.
After hearing the adults talk Kale decides to go it alone. Strife goes to her sister Ivy for help but she tells her to leave her alone, so Strife goes off on her own looking for her little brother who has now put both their lives in danger.
Aven wakes to find Strife and Kale gone and Ivy gets into trouble for not saying anything. So Sylvan and Fodur set off to look for Strife and Kale and to bring them back home safely to their mother.
Kale told Strife made their way to the dyke and beyond. He finally told his sister what he was looking for and that’s when all the trouble started.
That's all I'm going to say about the story as I don't want to spoil it for you.
This is a lovely little book and another great story, its fast moving and action packed. All his characters have great depth and great personalities.
Personally if I was a parent I would say this book is for 13 years and above, (but if you are going to read it to them I'd say 9 years and above).
I look forward to more books being written by this author. :-)
Welcome here another disarming adventure, full of excitement, humour and surprises. The younger generation is represented mainly by Kale (responding to a mysterious call he does not understand) and his sister Strife, who never stops talking. ("I can barely hear myself speak," she complains. "Lucky you," he mutters.)
All the way through the book delights. It provokes thoughts too, especially for those living near rivers that months ago experienced unprecedented flooding. Great were the fears much wildlife would have perished, immense the relief when it began to reappear. For real those dwelling in its banks had adapted, just as the River Singers do now.
Intended for children, but grown-ups are likely to enjoy it too, especially with the telling so enhanced by Simon Mendez's illustrations.
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