Runt the Brave – Daniel Schwabauer
Book 1 in the Legends of Tira-Nor series, published by AMG Publishers
Soft cover / paperback edition
Driven by their blood-frenzied master, a merciless army of rats swarms toward the underground mouse-city of Tira-Nor. Only one mouse has the courage to face the onslaught, the “runt” JaRed, son of ReDemec. But JaRed is about to encounter a power beyond the rat army, beyond even that of the Great Owl … a power that will fling him into a destiny wilder than anything he could have ever imagined!
from Midwest Book Review:
“… A thrilling adventure of putting one’s courage to the test in dire situations, Runt The Brave is an engaging saga told with excitement and flair.”
“I confess, I let this book sit on my shelf a long time before I read it. Once I picked it up, though, I found it difficult to leave the story. Runt the Brave is a tale of action and adventure that focuses on a particularly small mouse named JaRed. JaRed lives in uncertain times; his home, the city-state of Tira-Nor, is threatened by drought and an army of rats.In stories of adventure and discovery, the narrative voice and flow of the story determine how enjoyable it is to read. Runt the Brave is a pleasure. Schwabauer writes with an active voice and uses his settings to create rich atmospheres. The following text passage is just one example: “Summer drew to a close. The stalks of corn in the fields far to the west bent over in death and turned slowly from yellow to black. The endless shafts of tall grass that carpeted the prairie now stood resolutely dormant, as brittle as the wings of a moth. Even the earth seemed little more than a shriveled and rotting husk. Its skin, now hard as bone, lay split into a cracqueleur pattern of dusty runnels” (90).The story is aimed primarily for youth ages 9-12, but adults will enjoy the story too. Also, Runt the Brave would be a good book for parents to read out loud with younger children who will certainly enjoy the well-woven words and actions of young JaRed.”