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Tessa McMillan


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Chipmunks, Dragons, Forest animals, Friendship, Fantasy

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Book Review


Twig, a young chipmunk, feels like an outsider in the woodland community of the Hill because he doesn’t feel confident in the crafts he is taught at school. In the Hill, craft mastery determines a creature’s social standing. After a disastrous day, Twig runs away to escape his problems, but encounters a newborn dragon. Seeing no mother dragon, Twig adopts the baby and returns home to secretly care for it. Twig enlists his best friend, Lily, to care for the baby dragon and together they call it Char. Twig uses Char’s ability with fire to aid him with his craft assignments. When it is revealed that Twig and Lily are keeping Char, Char is imprisoned. Twig, Lily, and Basil, an unexpected friend, free Char and set sail down the river to find his family.