Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Review: Lucky by Chris Hill

Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: September 4th, 2014
Rating: 7/10

Amazon summary:

When lost red squirrel Lucky finds himself in Albion Park, the native squirrels all around him are bigger, tougher, and much more grey. He needs all the luck he can find to fit in, and even more to pass the Squirrel Trial that will give him a permanent place in the park. But when Lucky discovers a plot that threatens their home, he'll need more than just good fortune on his side. 


I've wanted to read Lucky ever since I heard about it a few months ago, mainly because of the excellent squirrel cover and Narnia-like talking animals I was promised. I liked its animal adventure plot and endearing characters, and I wouldn't hesitate to read more by Chris Hill. I think this one will be a huge hit with animal-loving younger readers!

Lucky is a young red squirrel who got lost and ended up living with a colony of grey squirrels called the Cloudfoots. They know he's different, he knows he's different, but still he tries to fit in and do his best for his clan. The squirrels further down the avenue, knows as the Northenders, want control of the whole location and soon Lucky finds himself in the middle of a squirrel war. The only question is, does he have the courage to save his avenue and the people he calls home?

Lucky is a plucky little squirrel, outcast from an early age because of the colour of his fur, and with only one other squirrel to call a real friend. Nimlet knows Lucky and doesn't care that he's a red, and the two form an unlikely friendship that lasts through everything. Lucky is fiercely loyal to his Cloudfoot clan, even putting his own life at risk to make sure no harm comes to them. He's brave, clever and, above all, not afraid to do the right thing. He's the best fictional squirrel I've met so far!

Lucky is the perfect adventure story for animal lovers everywhere. It's reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Wind in the Willows and, thanks to a lack of humans and modern technology, will never seem dated. It's a fascinating look at the life of a squirrel, and I now think of them as little creatures who have their own battles and conversations. This is a charming little book that I'm glad I got the chance to read, and I hope Lucky finds a good home with other readers looking for excitement and adventure.

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