Meet Toaff: a lovable squirrel, and new standout character, searching for a place to call home in this gem of a story by a Newbery Medal-winning author.
Toaff is a small squirrel full of big questions. Why must I stay away from the human's house? Why shouldn't I go beyond the pine trees? Why do we fight with the red squirrels across the drive? His sister shrugs - that's just the way things are. His brother bullies - because I said so. And the older squirrels scold - too many questions! Can Toaff really be the only one to wonder why?
When a winter storm separates him from his family, Toaff must make his own way in the world. It's a world filled with danger - from foxes and hawks and cats to cars and chainsaws. But also filled with delight - the dizzying scent of apple blossoms, the silvery sound of singing, the joy of leaping so far you're practically flying. Over the course of a year, Toaff will move into (and out of) many different dreys and dens, make some very surprising friends (and a few enemies), and begin to answer his biggest questions - what do I believe and where do I belong?
Master storyteller Cynthia Voigt offers listeners a rich and rewarding story of finding one's way in the world.
"A brilliant, bushy-tailed bildungsroman." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
"Skillfully presenting sights from an animal’s perspective and touching upon social issues such as prejudice and elitism, Newbery Medalist Voigt provides a lovely story to curl up with." (Publishers Weekly)
"Readers [will be] right at home with kind, brave Toaff and feel reassured in the formidable task of understanding the world outside their front door." (Booklist)