Braver: A Wombat's Tale Audio CD – Unabridged, June 23, 2020
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About the Author
Walker Ranson studied engineering at Gonzaga University and worked as a pizza chef and grocery stocker before finally admitting to his family and friends that what he really wanted to do was be a writer. He currently works at an independent bookstore and is writing his next novel.
Kirsty Gillmore is a sound designer, sound engineer, voice-demo producer, and voice actor who began her career in 2000. She has lent her talents to a number of industries including music, post-production, and audiobook narration. A graduate of the Music and Audio Institution of New Zealand, she went on to start her own company, Sounds Wilde. She currently lives and works in London.
- Publisher : Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (June 23, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1662003420
- ISBN-13 : 978-1662003424
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 4
- Item Weight : 2.96 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.04 x 1.13 x 5.04 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,953,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lola Budge may look like an average bare-nosed wombat, but her love for conversation, stories, adventure, and helping others set her apart from most wombats. Unhappy with her quiet, stable life, Lola sneaks out of her burrow and by accident meets a messenger platypus, who delivers a secret message, “T.B is ready”. Puzzled by its meaning, Lola returns to the village to discover that Tassie Devils have captured the village of wombats, including her family. With Her mother’s last words, “Find your uncle, He’ll know what to do,” she begins a hero’s journey to the royal city of Dore to rescue them. Joined by Melvin, a well-groomed swamp rat that sells beauty products, and Blue, a rescued baby penguin, Lola begins a dangerous journey of infested swamps, evil predators, royal corruption, family traitors, and unexpected friendships, because she knows, “The best stories come with the least expected heroes.”
Adults will appreciate the warning in the credits: “Proclamation from the Royal Librarian of Dore: All creatures take heed, / A warning indeed, / Whether feather or fur, / Web-footed or spur, / If you steal a book / The predators will look, / FOR YOU.” Kids will enjoy this classic in the making with its adorable little Blue, the one-winged firehawk that flies a hot-air balloon, and the laugh-out-loud dialogue.
Themes: Adventure, Animals, Families, Friendship, Humor
ravenous baby penguin which they rescue, and both the baby penguin and the dignified rat make for great humor. Good pacing with lots of Australian animal characters, with an environmental and social justice themed plot. Great read, and excellent option for those who find the “Redwall” books too lengthy.
Lola is a wombat unlike most in her community. Instead of being shy and quiet, Lola always has questions and wants to explore. One day while exploring, a band of Tassie devils kidnaps her family and neighbors. Lola must be brave to save her family and friends. She has many adventures and meets many of the critters on Tassie Island. The characters have much personality and unexpected happenings keep the reader engaged and wanting to keep reading to find out how events resolve. This story is perfect for kids who like adventuring and rich language.