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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
A Hare's Tale Origins Story - The World Wheel by Rob Auty is the story of a quest by a group of brave animals. The world has become a cold place and every living creature has to move south to survive. It is said there is a World Wheel that powers the earth, but three hares are needed to revive the Wheel so that the coldness will leave the earth. Three brave and strong hares are chosen for this mission, Russet, Twiggy, and Barley, and they are accompanied by the Guardians, wolves Cannick and Asena. Helped by the Owl to keep them on the right path, the group hurries north to find the Maker and to make the World Wheel turn again.
This story is full of mystery and mysticism and is reminiscent of Watership Down and Fiver’s Dreams. It is a captivating story that follows the animals as they encounter Arctic wolves, polar bears, walruses, and hungry men, all of which try to capture and kill the group. But they are able to overcome these obstacles and, with the help of the Arctic hares, finally reach the top of the world. However, can they fulfill their mission? This charming tale is full of legend, bravery, and determination and also emphasizes the importance of teamwork. The story would perhaps benefit from some simple line drawings to finally complete what is a unique piece of writing. There is a lot that could be taken from this story and it is worthy of discussion in a school environment. It is probably suited to the age range of 9 – 11 years, although it has the potential to appeal as a crossover book that adults would be interested to read, like Watership Down. A thought-provoking story.