a world of rabit like creatures called montmers live in various burrows on hills. many of these tribes are separate and have seperate leaders, like kings or queens, called granters. they have an enemy that are human sized wolfs. perloo, a montmer who perfers to live alone and read books about history, is one day called out of his burrow to talk with the current granter, jolaine. he has spoken to granter jolaine before on a several occasions about montmer history, something they both had learned a lot about. this time though, their talk isnt to be about history. this time granter jolaine wants to make him the new granter of the montmers. this is something her first assistant isnt allowed to tell him. joliane had referred to him as “perloo the unwilling” and feared that telling him what was to come would prevent him from coming. upon coming to the burrow where many of the montmers live jolains cub, burwig the big, greets him.
he tells the first assistant that he will take perloo to jolaine and makes sure guards keep the first assistant from following them. instead of taking him to jolain, like perloo expects him to, he puts them in one of the burrows jail cells. though unknown to perloo, berwig had jailed him because he knew that jolaine planned on making him granter and wouldnt sign the proclamation unless perloo was there to hear her choice. if the proclomation wasnt signed, berwig would inherit the position of granter, a position he beleived belonged to him as a birthwrite. he wanted to start a war with their enimies which he cant to without becoming granter himself. the first assistant hears rumors of where perloo has gone and eventually makes a plan to help him escape and get to jolaine, also allowing him to become granter of the burrow and all montmers.
this is a great book for young chindren and adults. it keeps you reading until the last page and has an interesting story line throughout the book. it starts out at a realatively fast pace and that keeps up throughout the book. its as much fun for kids as it is for adults. avi is an excellent writer for people of all ages.