Everyone thinks Max’s sister is braver than he is, and he’s sick of it. He’s determined to prove he is the bravest squirrel ever. He devises a plan for the humans to trap him, so he can rescue his Uncle Louie.
But things don’t go according to plan. First, he is forgotten in the cage. Then he is dumped out of a truck and abandoned in the forest with a hungry coyote hot on his trail.
Max has to give up being brave and beg others to help him. When he has the chance to save Uncle Louie or risk his life to save a friend, suddenly Max discovers just how brave he really is.
The Bravest Squirrel Series:
1. The Bravest Squirrel Ever
2. The Bravest Squirrel in the Forest
3. The Bravest Squirrel in School
Targeted Age Group:: ages 6-9
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When two squirrels moved into my attic, I went on a quest to figure out what they were doing. I knocked on the ceiling, and they scratched back. Imagining what they thought and felt, I wrote The Bravest Squirrel Ever and then continued their adventures with The Bravest Squirrel in the Forest and The Bravest Squirrel in School.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Max prides himself on being brave and adventurous. It kills him that his sister has outshone him, and he’s itching to prove himself and turn the spotlight on himself. I grew up with siblings, so I understand the rub and aggravation of sibling rivalry!
“Max, you get out of there right now,” Pippi yelled, hopping onto the deck. “You’re not being brave. You’re being stupid.”
He stood on his back legs to block the entrance, so she couldn’t climb over him into the trap. “I am not. You’re just jealous I’m going to be braver than you.”
Pippi and Lana looked at each other. “No, I’m not,” Pippi said.
“We’re worried you could starve to death,” Lana added.
“No chance of that.” Max pointed to the pile of seeds behind him.
Chaz reached his paw between the wires and stole one.
Pippi nipped Chaz in the cheek. “Don’t touch anything. You could make the cage door close.”
“So?” Chaz shrugged. “That’s what he wants.”
“No, he doesn’t.” Pippi acted like she knew everything just because everyone thought she was the bravest squirrel ever. “Max, the country is full of wild animals. Tomcats, foxes, and coyotes all want to eat us for lunch.”
Chaz’s paws started shaking.
“Look who’s the scaredy-rat now,” Max teased. Then he looked at his sister. “Uncle Louie taught me how to outsmart those animals. Nothing will eat me.”
“What did Mama say?” Lana asked Pippi.
“Mama says he’s old enough to take care of himself and make his own choices.” Pippi frowned, as if she didn’t agree.
“I choose to stay in this trap and bring Uncle Louie home,” Max declared.
Chaz’s eyes widened. “Wow, if you can do that, you really will be the bravest squirrel ever.”
“And if you can’t…” Pippi and Lana looked at each other and shuddered.
When two squirrels moved into Sara Shafer’s attic, she went on a quest to figure out what they were doing. She knocked on the ceiling, and they scratched back. Imagining what they thought and felt, she wrote The Bravest Squirrel Ever and then continued their adventures with The Bravest Squirrel in the Forest and The Bravest Squirrel in School.
Although her attic is currently vacant, the squirrels outnumber the humans in her neighborhood and could decide to take over at any moment. She watches for signs of invasion as she plots more stories of squirrel bravery.
For fun squirrel facts and other books by Sara Shafer, visit her website.
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