Urchin of the Riding Stars (Mistmantle Chronicles #1) by M.I. McAllister, Christine Enright

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A tiny squirrel is found abandoned and close to death on a distant beach. Adopted and raised in a welcoming colony of animals, Urchin has no idea of his powerful destiny or his mysterious origins.

The rule of the good King Brushen and Queen Spindle is threatened by an evil plot from within the court. When a murder is committed, the isle is thrown into turmoil. Behind the scenes, ruthless animals are determined to seize the throne. But to underestimate the power of the islanders and the ancient prophecies is a big mistake....

Triumphant heroes and brilliantly wicked villains do battle in this first book of the treasured, heart-stopping adventure series The Mistmantle Chronicles. Glorious new illustrations by Christine Enright capture the spirit of Urchin, and the world of Mistmantle.

Ages 9-14

"It's hard not to root for little Urchin and his friends when evil threatens to ruin their beautiful world." -The Washington Post

"A wonderful fantasy with heart and heroism." -Rick Riordan

M.I. McAllister is the author of several books for young readers, including the complete Mistmantle Chronicles, books one through five, A Friend for Rachel, Hold My Hand and Run, Ghost at the Window, and The Octave of Angels. She is married to Tony, has a grown-up family, and lives in a part of Northumberland full of history, lovely people, and sheep.

Purple House Press

0.67" H x 9.0" L x 6.0" W

300 pages