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Burdock the barn cat is a loner who has experienced repeated rejection. So when he learns that all the farm animals are in grave danger—their owner is devising evil plans, they’re locked in their pens with no evident escape route, and a fierce storm is brewing—Burdock realizes he “could go it alone.”

However, when the animals plan their escape, each contributing skills, encouragement, and ideas, Burdock faces a moral quandary: “Saving yourself seemed right. Obviously abandoning your companions seemed wrong. But what if saving yourself meant abandoning them?”

When Burdock resolves his quandary, he participates in a clever team effort in which the animal friends escape and find a place they can truly call home.

This winsome juvenile novel illustrated with charming pen-and-ink drawings will delight fans of Charlotte’s Web and other lovely animal stories. Ages 7 and up. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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