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When Ellis gets lost in the creepy forest behind his house a mysterious light draws his attention, beckoning him to come closer. He steps into the light, bringing along his anxiety-prone dachshund and followed by one very hyper mouse. Together, they find themselves trapped in the dark, ominous world of Kibblestan, a land filled with bizarre canines, over-sized rats and small creatures called Petikins. It is also a land that is under attack by grisly Snotlins, who destroy everything in their path. All Ellis wants is to find a way back home, but when he meets a young Petikin who's lost his family, his offer to help sends him on a harrowing journey that will uncover many truths -- truths about the Snotlins, truths about the missing family and truths that will lead Kibblestan to a revolution and force Ellis to make the most painful decision of his life.
"... Lucid, enchanting characters populate this diverting story."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Loved, loved, loved this book! Ms. Rand writes a fantasy brimming with humor and with heart. The themes of loyalty, bravery, and of democracy are seamlessly woven into the story, and even the fantastical characters, while endlessly entertaining, also have quite believable personalities. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the next Kibblestan adventure. Highly recommended."
--Missy Brewer, school librarian
"Andrea Rand can really write! She needs to make this into a movie!"
--Remi, age 8