The Green Ember by S.D. Smith
My name is Madeline. I am in middle school and enjoy playing the violin, ice skating and reading good books!
Two young rabbits, Heather and Picket Longtreader, live ordinary lives at Nick Hollow with their parents and baby brother. Then, strange things begin happening. There are mysterious visitors at their home, and a feeling of uneasiness begins to fill the air.
One day, when the young rabbits are sent out to pick berries for a guest they have never seen before, they are unexpectedly chased by a troop of brutal wolves and fierce falcons. Their home is destroyed, and their parents and little brother have either been killed or taken captive. In an instant, Heather and Picket’s lives are changed forever and are left to fight for their survival.
Thankfully, the two are rescued by their uncle and his adopted son and are taken to Cloud Mountain. There, a secret resistance exists against the tyrant who has taken control of their forest. The resistance has been there ever since this tyrant killed the true king and appointed himself ruler. Here, the two young rabbits learn that many things have been kept secret from them and discover the truth behind this tyrannical take over.
This story tells a tale of courage in the face of adversity. It is well written and hard to put down. I recommend this book for ages ten and up. (It would also be a great read aloud for ages seven and up.)