In Maryrose Wood's stunning middle-grade novel, Alice's Farm, a brave young rabbit must work with her natural predators to save her farmland home and secretly help the farm’s earnest but incompetent new owners.
When a new family moves into Prune Street Farm, Alice and the other cottontails are cautious. The new owners are from the city; the family and their dog are not at all what the rabbits expect, and soon Alice is making new friends and doing things no rabbit has done before. When she overhears a plan by a developer to run the family off and bulldoze the farm, Alice comes up with a plan, helped by the farmer’s son, and other animals, including a majestic bald eagle.
Here is a stunning celebration of life, the bitter and the sweet. Alice is some rabbit—a character readers will love for generations to come.
A 2021 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book
“Delightful and quirky and full of good will… necessary for some kids right now.” —The New York Times
"Venturing, as the author readily acknowledges in her afterword, into Charlotte’s Web territory, Wood crafts a tale of interspecies cooperation in a rural setting that is lit up with exhibitions of uncommon courage, loyalty, humor, and tolerance—not to mention extreme cuteness. ... Along with worthy values aplenty, this bustling tale offers a villainous real-estate speculator to hiss, a cast bustling with talking animals, and a long-eared protagonist who goes on to a fitting end (for a rabbit) and well merits her valedictory: 'Farewell, sweet Alice! A bunny among bunnies, indeed.' Terrific." —Booklist, starred review
"Alice's Farm is a restorative read, tender and wonderful. It's a fantasy, it's real, it's just a joy. And absolutely a book for our times." —Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medalist
“Captivating... A resonant cross-species saga of perseverance, loyalty, and magnanimous friendship.” — Publisher’s Weekly
"Quirky characters, whimsical adventures...a good read-aloud candidate for fans of Charlotte's Web." — School Library Journal
“Like the denizens of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, these characters—animal and human, predator and prey—are lovingly observed. They are a deeply engaging, mostly endearing bunch whose natures may put them at odds but who share a world... Stoutly non-speciesist, this is an effervescent delight.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of Cynthia Voigt’s Young Fredle will feel right at home, and readers of Charlotte’s Web will delight in several sly echoes. An excellent choice for a family or classroom read-aloud." —The Horn Book Magazine