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4.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 5 4.35 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M.I. McAllister Narrator: Andrew Sachs Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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The island of Mistmantle is inhabited by red squirrels, otters, hedgehogs, and moles and ruled from Mistmantle tower by a hedgehog king. Urchin is an orphan squirrel who was found abandoned soon after birth on one of the island's beaches and was raised by other animals. On leaving school, he is employed at court as a page by the dashing Captain Crispin. Mistmantle has always been a free society, but under the influences of a squirrel Captain called Husk, the King is enforcing harsh new laws and the animals are becoming enslaved. Using the traditional system of drawing tokens to establish a person's guilt, Crispin is accused of a terrible murder and is banished from the island. Urchin becomes caught up in the struggle to restore justice and freedom to Mistmantle, to overthrow Husk, and return Crispin to the island. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 2/18/2014

    " It was okay. I think it was written for a younger audience such as 3-4th grade. A bit simplistic in it's plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/12/2014

    " This book was great! When I first saw it, I thought it would be a knock-off of the Redwall series but it was really original. It had a sweet (I don't mean cool, I mean sweet) and presenting-the-facts style to it and though it was a little obvious that Lord Husk and Lady Aspen were the bad guys right from the start (this thing does a spoiler alert on its own right?) it did a terrific job of making them seem innocent at first. It was surprising too, in small ways as well as the big ones and, though you can anticipate some of the plot twists, they still shock you just as much as if you hadn't expected it. Soooooo great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lowden | 2/9/2014

    " wow... medival fantasy just doesn't get better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelin | 2/4/2014

    " Totally amazing book. You will love it from start to finish. The characters are very well written and the story is very easy to follow. You won't be able to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celly | 1/25/2014

    " This endearing little story has wiggled it's way deep into my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 1/25/2014

    " I had no idea what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/16/2014

    " I got this series for my kids and was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. Urchin is such a great squirrel- yes, I said squirrel. This would make a great movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/16/2014

    " Reading this to my boys - much easier for them to follow the characters than the Redwall series. We started reading those, and love how rich the language is, but there are so many characters and types of animals you need a profile of the cast to follow it. This series is easier on the ear and still is entertaining and keeps their attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LJ | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting characters and dilemma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira | 1/3/2014

    " WOW! This is about squirrels- squirrels rock your socks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvette | 12/16/2013

    " I have read all of the books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Eder | 12/2/2013

    " Read because a student gave it to me, but didn't know if I'd like it. I got hooked. Its about squirrels, moles, otters etc. who live in a kingdom where someone is trying to dethone the king and take control. It ended so I don't feel I need to read the sequel, but I might "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monkey | 11/30/2013

    " this book was very interesting. i am now reading the second one. i don't know which one is better....yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 9/6/2013

    " Urchin is an orphan squirrel who goes on to great adventures on the island of Mistmantle, an island inhabited with squirrels, hedgehogs, otters and moles. Good overcomes evil as all good books prove. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Redwallcrazy- My God is Healer, Awesome in Power! | 5/3/2013

    " I LOVED this book! It was really, really good!!!! I was instantly hooked after I read it, lol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica B | 9/24/2012

    " This was a really great book! It is somewhat in the style of Brian Jacques and Erin Hunter's books, but I have never seen this detailed of an animal monarchy before! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/19/2012

    " This was a very cute book. I have been trying to find the next one in a bookstore and can't seem to do so. Don't know why, it seems like a neat little series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 3/28/2012

    " Very good book...some parts were awkward to read aloud though. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series with my daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessaminesbluecastle | 12/5/2011

    " It's like more Redwall, only with fresh new characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smileykiwi Riven | 10/14/2011

    " I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Resa | 9/24/2011

    " Exiting and intense battle of good and evil. Reminded us of Narnia a bit. The evil is pretty dark so be sure your kids are mature enough to understand what's going on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 9/10/2011

    " Not at all like Redwall, this was a good story of its own, but Redwall readers will find it lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracie | 7/3/2011

    " Both books in this series are well written, with enough detail and adventure to satisfy the animal fantasy/good vs. evil crowd. Recommended especially for those looking for a Brian Jacques types read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayden | 5/18/2011

    " I love this book!!! It was given to me as a gift because my favorite author is brian jaques. Tho this series might start to top the red wall series. Very cute and keeps you hooked throughout the whole book.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 4/2/2011

    " I love this book! It use to be my favourite book in 4th grade.
    It is a book about an orphan squirrel named Urchin and he goes on different adventures through the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 3/20/2011

    " Read because a student gave it to me, but didn't know if I'd like it. I got hooked. Its about squirrels, moles, otters etc. who live in a kingdom where someone is trying to dethone the king and take control. It ended so I don't feel I need to read the sequel, but I might "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicol | 1/21/2011

    " Full of adventure and daring animals, Urchin of the Riding Stars was a fun read. This would be a great book to do as a read aloud but with older children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 9/16/2010

    " These series starts off GREAT! My favorite characters was Urchin,Crispin,Padra, and Needle. Urchin is inspired by Crispin and Padra. This book has a bit of a mystery. This on is my favorite of these series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/11/2010

    " This was a really great book! It is somewhat in the style of Brian Jacques and Erin Hunter's books, but I have never seen this detailed of an animal monarchy before! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 8/9/2010

    " Very good book...some parts were awkward to read aloud though. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series with my daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 5/31/2010

    " Olivia and I are reading this one together at bedtime... so far we really like it!

    Will be ordering the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/30/2010

    " Liam and I listened to this on CD a while ago, and I found myself wanting to drive around more just to find out what happened next. Beautifully written and narrated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Redwallcrazy- Through God, I can do anything!! | 4/22/2010

    " I LOVED this book! It was really, really good!!!! I was instantly hooked after I read it, lol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 4/6/2010

    " I honestly couldn't put this book down - much to my children's irritation. Great premise - an all animal kingdom. Romance (sweet, not racy), intrigue, action, and several heroes for readers to love. "

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