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Newbery Medalist Avi presents a most unlikely hero in this compelling fantasy. Now repackaged with a great new look.

A scholarly, shy member of the rabbit-like Montmers, Perloo is content sipping myrtle tea and reading his history books in his warm burrow. Until the day Perloo's quiet life is interrupted by a mysterious summons from the Montmer leader. What follows is an incredible journey that will take Perloo over snowy mountains, through ...

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Overview


Newbery Medalist Avi presents a most unlikely hero in this compelling fantasy. Now repackaged with a great new look.

A scholarly, shy member of the rabbit-like Montmers, Perloo is content sipping myrtle tea and reading his history books in his warm burrow. Until the day Perloo's quiet life is interrupted by a mysterious summons from the Montmer leader. What follows is an incredible journey that will take Perloo over snowy mountains, through underground tunnels, and into enemy territory - and will alter history forever.

Perloo, a peaceful scholar who has been chosen to succeed Jolaine as leader of the furry underground people called the Montmers, finds himself in danger when Jolaine dies and her evil son seizes control of the burrow.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"...the action is quick, and those pre-Redwall readers who have a yen for animal fantasy will be happy to come along."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 9/98

"Fans of Brian Jacques' Redwall will hear echoes in this animal fantasy...Avi throws in clever twists..."
--Kirkus Reviews 10/15/98

"...[a] whimsical fantasy..."
--School Library Journal 11/98

"...a[n] animal fanstasy, with theatrical dialogue, good guys (and a girl) to root for, a firm-footed theme, and tons of action."
--The Horn Book, Jan/Feb 1999

"Avi has created a whole new world in his latest novel.... Avi has brought these creatures and their world to life in a fast-paced, compelling read that will keep middle schoolers turning pages. Younger fans of Brian Jacques's Redwall series will especially enjoy this story."
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/98

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Montmers--a combination of jackrabbit, prairie dog and human--feature in a fantasy/adventure; in a starred review, PW called it "exciting, suspenseful and witty." Ages 8-12. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
In this fantasy-adventure, Perloo is a rabbit-like Montmer who just wants to be left in his burrow, alone and reading. Jolaine, the Granter (leader) of the Montmer tribe is dying; she summons Perloo and informs him that he will be the new Granter. Of course it's not so simple; Perloo has suddenly developed enemies who will do anything to see him dead, even declare war on their neighbors, the wolf-like Felbart pack. Perloo's reading has made him quite knowledgeable, and he realizes that neither his tribe nor the pack really want war. But his enemies are powerful, and Montmer life is threatened by Felbarts and from within Perloo's own burrow. Perloo proves his courage, of course, but the way he does it is fun to read about. Included on the front page is a charming letter to the readers from the author.
VOYA - Diane Tuccillo
Avi has created a whole new world in his latest novel, a fantasy involving Montmers (part jackrabbit, part prairie dog, part human) and their assumed enemies, the Felbarts (part coyote, part human). Perloo, a Montmer well-versed in history, is disturbed in his cozy burrow one day, much like Bilbo Baggins is disturbed in The Hobbit. As Bilbo was summoned to go on an adventure, so too is Perloo summoned by Lucabara, a fellow Montmer, who demands he accompany her to see their dying leader, Granter Jolaine. Jolaine has decided that Perloo, "learned but modest," shall be the next Granter-and not her pompous, inept son, Berwig, who wishes to start a war. After Jolaine's death, Perloo finds himself tossed into a struggle for power he never wanted. Perloo's fight against Berwig and his cohorts takes him to the very caves of the Felbarts, where he comes to terms with the Felbart leader and finds the fate of both societies in his hands. Perloo manages to save the day through his use of very unorthodox weapons-snowballs! Avi has brought these creatures and their world to life in a fast-paced, compelling read that will keep middle schoolers turning pages. The wise sayings of the Montmer and Felbart guru, Mogwat the Magpie, are effectively integrated into the tale. They reinforce the underlying messages that people are more alike than they are different and that happiness lies in upstanding living. Younger fans of Brian Jacques's Redwall series will especially enjoy this story. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In another animal fable, Perloo the Bold, esteemed author Avi tries his hand at an adventure to rival his critically acclaimed Poppy. Perloo is called upon to save his fellow furry Montmers when their burrow is seized by a usurper. Many youngsters will empathize with Perloo, a reader not a warrior, who feels inadequate to the task but struggles to do his best.
The ALAN Review - Nicholas J. Karolides
Perloo, a reclusive scholar, is ensnared in the intrigue of Granter Jolene's death when she names him as her successor. Dubbed "Perloo the Unwilling" when he resists this honor, he is forced by the situation to act despite his fears and trepidation. Berwig, the self-proclaimed granter, jails Perloo while planning a war to gain glory and promote his claim to the succession. Perloo, however, escapes with Lubcabra, Jolene's first assistant; they are captured by the enemy. A satisfactory resolution is achieved many twists, travails, and surprises later, after which Perloo receives his new appellation. Within this adventure among anthropomorphic creatures, issues of greed/power and freedom/personal identity are explored. Interspersed in the text are pithy statements attributed to the great teacher Mogwat, such as, "Of all challenges, the greatest is to be yourself." This engaging fantasy will ensnare young readers immediately; Perloo, atypically devoid of heroics, will captivate them.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-In this mildly whimsical fantasy, Avi introduces the Montmers, a race of creatures that are part jackrabbit, part prairie dog, and part human. Jolaine, the elderly chief Granter of the tribe, takes ill and dies, but not before she bestows her leadership on Perloo, a bookish loner who prefers history to reality, instead of on her pompous son, Berwig. Perloo is aghast at this new title and is immediately thrown into conflict with Berwig, who institutes martial law and accuses his rival of murdering Jolaine. Political subterfuge flourishes as Berwig's counselor plots against him. Still trying to resist his responsibility, Perloo is taken captive by the Montmers' archenemies, the Felbarts, part human, part coyote, who are preparing to defend themselves against Berwig's declaration of war. Perloo rises to the occasion in an ending reminiscent of David and Goliath, and learns some valuable lessons about courage. Unfortunately, the action lacks suspense, and the Montmers themselves fail to elicit sympathy. The story is sprinkled with words of wisdom from the creatures' philosopher, Mogwat the Magpie, who preaches peace, unity, courage, truth, and democracy; although these are admirable values, they become burdensome in the thin text. Though this tale is geared for a younger audience, it invites comparison to Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel), and there it falls short, lacking the depth of characterization and spirit, and the rich detail of those books. A light read.-Jennifer A. Fakolt, Denver Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590110037
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 628,541
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Avi

Avi's work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the Newbery Medal for CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD and Newbery Honors for NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. You can visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.

Biography

Born in Manhattan in 1937, Avi Wortis grew up in Brooklyn in a family of artists and writers. Despite his bright and inquisitive nature, he did poorly in school. After several academic failures, he was diagnosed with a writing impairment called dysgraphia which caused him to reverse letters and misspell words. The few writing and spelling skills he possessed he had gleaned from his favorite hobby, reading -- a pursuit enthusiastically encouraged in his household.

Following junior high school, Avi was assigned to a wonderful tutor whose taught him basic skills and encouraged in him a real desire to write. "Perhaps it was stubbornness," he recalled in an essay appearing on the Educational Paperback Association's website, "but from that time forward I wanted to write in some way, some form. It was the one thing everybody said I could not do."

Avi finally learned to write, and well! He attended Antioch University, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and received a master's degree in library science from Columbia in 1964. He worked as a librarian for the New York Public Library's theater collection and for Trenton State College, and taught college courses in children's literature, while continuing to write -- mostly plays -- on the side. In the 1970s, with two sons of his own, he began to craft stories for children. "[My] two boys loved to hear stories," he recalled. "We played a game in which they would give me a subject ('a glass of water') and I would have to make up the story right then. Out of that game came my first children's book, Things That Sometimes Happen." A collection of "Very Short Stories for Little Listeners," Avi's winning debut received very positive reviews. "Sounding very much like the stories that children would make up themselves," raved Kirkus Reviews, "these are daffy and nonsensical, starting and ending in odd places and going sort of nowhere in the middle. The result, however, is inevitably a sly grin."

Avi has gone on to write dozens of books for kids of all ages. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1991) and Nothing but the Truth (1992) were named Newbery Honor Books, and in 2003, he won the prestigious Newbery Medal for his 14th-century adventure tale, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. His books range from mysteries and adventure stories to historical novels and coming-of-age tales; and although there is often a strong moral core to his work, he leavens his message with appealing warmth and humor. Perhaps his philosophy is summed up best in this quote from his author profile on Scholastic's website: "I want my readers to feel, to think, sometimes to laugh. But most of all I want them to enjoy a good read."

Good To Know

In a Q&A with his publisher, Avi named Robert Louis Stevenson as one of his greatest inspirations, noting that "he epitomizes a kind of storytelling that I dearly love and still read because it is true, it has validity, and beyond all, it is an adventure."

When he's not writing, Avi enjoys photography as one of his favorite hobbies.

Avi got his unique nickname from his twin sister, Emily..

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    1. Also Known As:
      Avi Wortis (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 23, 1937
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964
    2. Website:

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

    Perloo Rocks!

    PERLOO THE BOLD is a great book about a unique species called Montmers. They have short arms, humungous feet, and long flappy ears. They're enemies with Felbarts ,coyote looking creatures with fangs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    Disappointing

    I expected this book to be a lot more exciting. I started to get into it, but then it got boring. I don't recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    It Rocks!

    Well basically the book is filled with adventure and action where it has thrilling parts and at the end you might be suprised.I wont tell you what happens so read it for yourself.Keep Reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Perloo is a Montmer who loves to read, stay out of trouble, be honest, and keep promises. But shortly before Jolaine, the Montmer granter, dies, Perloo talks with her about the person who will be her successor. He learns that he must be the one who accepts the honor, not her child, Berwig. She is afraid that Berwig will make war between the Montmers and Felbarts. This book is an absolute must read. There are only 34 chapters! I would recommend this book for anyone above the age of seven because of the violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2004

    Thrilling; never lets go

    This book sat on my shelf for a long time before I read it. I was sorry I waited so long. It was funny, suspenseful, and very vividly written. Irresistible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    Perloo for granter; good or bad?

    This is a great and intresting that makes you want to never stop reading it. It is a very very good book for everyone Middleshcool & up. Avi did a great job writing this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    Perloo the adverturing Montemer

    This is one of Avi's most exiting fantasy novels ever. Its main characters Perloo and Lubricana have an exiting adventure. I think the novel is awesome. It has many types of suspence. It starts off as Perloo becomes a Ganter(or leader)of is tribe. When the former Ganter's son takes the position, its up to Perloo and Lubricana to take the position back. As Perloo and Lubricana ran from the new Ganter (berwig) they stumbble on the cave belonging to the Montemers (Perloo's race) worst enemy, the Felbarts. THe Felbarts are wolf like creatures that stand on thier hind legs. Soon after Perlooand Lubricana escape from the cell the Felberts had them in and Perloo stays behind and is caputered again. I would recommend this novel to someone that likes fantasy adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2003

    Perloo, a brave rabbit, and Avi, a great writer.

    This was a great book. Avi writes a fiction book about bold but shy Perloo, a member of the rabbit-like Montmers. He is summoned by the dying Granter. She proclaims Perloo the Granter. But when Jolaine( the dead Granter) dies, her son throws Perloo in jail. He escapes with the help of Lucabara, another Montmer. Will the two stop the Montmers, lead by Jolaine's son, from going to war? Or will they be killed by their enemies, the Felbarts? I liked this book because it had a lot of action, although the end could have been better. This book has lots of suspense, action, and all the traits readers like to see in a book. I recommend this book to everyone. Readers will be hooked from the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2003

    Maybe small but still a leader

    I think this is a good novel with a good message. It attached me and made me keep reading as all good books do. The best part was when Perloo became granter because it changes your prespective on the book. I know this could'nt really happen; it is fction/fantasy. I would recomend this book to someone because it has a wonderful message; even though your small you can still grow to be politically large.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    What in the Mogwat is a Montmer?

    A Montmer is a rabbit-like creature in the novel Perloo the Bold by fantasy author Avi. Traditionally, Avi writes about animals- talking animals with culture, civilization, government, and education. Perloo the Bold has certainly fitted that description. What happens when an ordinary Montmer, Perloo receives a summons from Jolaine, ruler of all Montmers? Chaos, that¿s what! Perloo, having discovered that he¿s the new ruler, now has to flee Berwig, Joliane¿s son. Berwig, being the spoiled Montmer he is, wants himself to be ruler, and attempts to capture Perloo. Giving the variety of characters, there was a big plate full of personalities, making the story interesting and complex. The best part (as usual) is at the end. You¿ll have to read it yourself! All in all, it¿s a great book. If you¿re a big fan of Avi¿s work, you won¿t be let down with Perloo the Bold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2003

    Perloo Puts a New Spin on Leadership

    Avi writes a book with overall action of a lazy old Montmer who makes a transition from lazy to heroic and brave. I think the author did a great job on writing this novel because the book sends a lot of wise and excellent messages. I would recommend this book for teens and up so they can learn the importance of group effort and strategy. Perloo is a Montmer who is very respectful, brave, and bold in his own unique way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    Perloo the bold fights his way to the top!

    This is one of Avi's best novels yet! With a fantsy motif, a young montmer Rabbit creature) is about to affect the whole montmer tribe and, his name is Peloo. While going to the central tribe burrow Perloo wonders what is going to happen. When the time comes he will have to make the decision of his life. As he goes from place to place on the run, he makes new friends & enemies. This novel is action packedwith twists and turns everywhere! It's a book you'll want to read time and time again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    Perloo:A couch potato of a hero

    Avi writes a very suspenseful book on a tribe of rabbit-folk called Montmers.Perloo is a lazy Montmer that all he does is read.Once an ailing Montmer leader Jolaine he is practically forced to lose his lazy traits. This book is a suspenseful fantasy with a bunch of rabbits with human traits. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    A Great Book

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up this book, but I was wowed beyond my imagination. At first I thought it would just be a fun read, but it ended up being one of my favorite books of all time that I've read time and again. This book is a must read fantasy about a rabbit-like creature (montmer) who finds out he is capable of much more than he thinks through his suspenseful and dangerous adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2002

    If you like Perloo you will like Redwall!

    I loved Perloo the bold and if u liked it and the whole talking clothed animal type books then try out the redwall series it rocks. its full of action adventure and battles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2002

    An Incredible Fantasy!

    Avi has written many thrilling stories but it seems that "Perloo The Bold" takes the cake. He has brought the life of fantasy to real ife you will soon discover when you read this book. This most likely is my favorite book along side "My Side of the Mountain" and "Searching for Candlestick Park". It is truly an incredible story and some parts will make you laugh. I personaly love fantasy but Perloo beats every fantasy book I have ever layed eyes on! I truly recommend this to all readrs 9 and up and to people who love fantasy and love a good story. Be sure to read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!

    This book is the best book ever i would recomend it to all kids 9 and up. It is so cool i got it and read it then let all of my friends read the first page and all of them wanted to but it. the next day i went to school and all of my friends were reading it. Ithink you should buy PERLOO THE BOLD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2001

    I don't know why this didn't become a best-seller!

    I usually take a long time to read a book, I almost couldn't put it down! It is a wonderful, exciting, fast pace, excelently written, book. They should make a movie. It's one of AVI's best books, the way Perloo 'the unwilling' is thrown into the action, it reminds me of the Hobbit and Bilbo Baggins, also how it follows the different characters it's like the Left Behind Series. A Must read book, you know the characters by the first chapter they are mentioned in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2001

    One of the 'bestest' from Avi!!!

    Perloo the Bold was surely one of Avi's best books! I loved it! The storyline was very good and it was very creative. Perloo is a character unlike any other. I highly recommend this book! You MUST read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    Review by student: Brian Kleinke

    This was a well told story of the triumph of good over evil. I enjoyed reading this book because it used a very common theme but put a twist on it with the use of animals and magic. I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys fantasy.

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