I received this book for free from Hoopla in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Journey Beyond the Burrow by Rina Heisel
Genres: Adventure, Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollins on July 13, 2021
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This middle grade adventure follows one mouse’s journey to save his baby brother from a sinister evil.
There are rules every mouse must follow if they’re to survive in the forest.
Tobin knows these guidelines by heart. After all, with one younger sibling, another on the way, and a best friend with a penchant for trouble-making, he needs to be prepared for anything.
But one stormy night, Tobin’s safe burrow is invaded by monstrous arachnids, and his baby brother is stolen away. To save him, Tobin will have to do something he’s never done before: break the rules.
Here is what I thought
In Rodentia there are many rules to obey to make sure as a mouse you stay safe. Tobin is a weather scout and he knows all the rules and has always been one to make sure he obeys the rules. Tobin is out scouting and sees that a big storm is coming, but going back in to give his report although important isn’t what everyone wants to know about. Today is the day his parents are having a new pinkling and that is what everyone wants to know about and Tobin doesn’t really want to deal with all that.
He decides to sneak out his window, something he isn’t allowed to do, and go find Wiley his friend so they can watch the weather. While they are doing that Tobin’s little sister comes to get him because the pinkling has been born, but Tobin prefers watching the weather with Wiley. They decide on a plan, that they could quickly go see the pinkling and then go up to the lookout and watch the storm. While doing so they are the only ones up in the lookout when the storm hits. Lightening strikes a tree close to their home and changes their whole world.
The tree comes crashing down right next to their burrow and Tobin, Wiley and Talia watch as some scary large spiders break into their home. They are trying their best to hide from them but they watch in horror as the new pinkling is taken. So now it’s up to Tobin, Wiley and Talia to break the rules of the burrow and go on an adventure to rescue the little pinkling.
Along the way Tobin and the gang make some unlikely friends because they all had a common enemy, the huge hunter spiders. Tobin learns that sometimes rules are just a guideline to follow when you know you must adventure out past the boundaries.
This was such a cute mouse adventure story! I loved all the characters and there was lots of great lessons to learn about putting aside differences and working together for a common goal. Or following through on a promise even when others wanted you to break it.
I would highly recommend this for young readers as well as adults who enjoy a fun middle grade story.