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Chris Hill


Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2014



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September 2014 Debut of the Month   An inspiring, lovely read, containing a classic storyline told in an imaginative way. Lucky the red squirrel finds himself living amongst the confusing, bigger and stronger Cloudfoot grey squirrels. The age old themes of the meaning of friendship, not giving up and that it can be good to be different are all here. The story romps along as Lucky races to keep up with everyone else and ultimately battles not just for his survival, but that of the entire clan. There are some juddering heart in mouth and sorrowfully somber moments to be had along the way, yet fundamentally this is a creatively heartening and delightful book. ~ Liz Robinson

A Piece of Passion for Lucky by Barry Cunningham, Publisher, Chicken House  I have always loved the idea of life in an animal burrow or nest, or hidden high amongst the trees! It’s the secret world with clever rules and tough survival tests which fascinates me, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to read Chris Hill’s epic story of squirrel struggles and loyal friendships. I also rather fancy a fluffy tail! But watch out – it’s dangerous in those high tops!

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Isaac East, age 8 - 'I really enjoyed this book - it has been my favorite review book so far.  It is about one red squirrel waking up in a park of grey squirrels.  It is hard for survival when you are lost in the wild.' Read full review >
  • Ruma Pierre, age 8 - 'I really enjoyed reading Lucky.  It’s a great story about the squirrels’ way of life that live in a place called Cloudfoot Avenue.' Read full review >
  • Isabel, age 7 - 'A really good read I loved Lucky, he was fabulous!' Read full review >
  • Miranda Beinart-Smith, age 8 - 'I like the fact that all the characters in this book are so adventurous and are full of high spirits and cool personalities.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Well written and packed with action, this is a brilliant adventure with a bushy tail!' Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'This book is about a cute red squirrel called Lucky who finds himself in an unfamiliar tree. He wants to find his way back to his home but faces dangers along the way with his new friends.' Read full review >


Lucky by Chris Hill

When lost red squirrel Lucky finds himself in Albion Park, the native squirrels all around him are bigger, tougher, and much more. grey. He needs all the luck he can find to fit in, and even more to pass the Squirrel Trial that will give him a permanent place in the park. But when Lucky discovers a plot that threatens their home, he'll need more than just good fortune on his side.

About The Author

Chris Hill is a shoe designer who has worked with manufacturers throughout Europe and the Far East. She lectures in footwear design, history and technology, dividing her time between London and North Yorkshire.

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