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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 readers a rich and rewarding story of finding one's way in the world.
About the Author
Cynthia Voigt is the author of Dicey's Song, winner of the Newbery Medal, and A Solitary Blue, a Newbery Honor Book. She is the recipient of the 1995 Margaret A. Edwards Award. She lives in Maine.
"A brilliant, bushy-tailed bildungsroman."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A hymn to inquisitiveness, independent thinking and experiential learning in an age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” Toaff’s Way should be required reading.” —Book Page
"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
"“What if I—?” In the three opening words of this tale, inside the thoughts of a young gray squirrel named Toaff, Voigt establishes a tone that never lets up— energetic, curious, joyful, and impulsive" —The Horn Book