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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Purple Raccoon is a children's fantasy adventure story by Sara Furlong. Ten-year-old twin siblings Sam and Cindy Porter had no idea what they were in for when they were sent to spend the summer with their grandparents, Tom and Lois, in their cottage on Lake Muskoka, Canada. When Tom starts recounting his encounter from sixty years ago with the purple talking raccoon, Rosco, Cindy and Sam initially have a hard time believing their grandfather. But soon, they discover that not only is Tom's story true, but Rosco is still alive and wants their help to find two of his missing friends. With Tom's age preventing him from taking part in this new adventure, it falls upon Cindy and Sam to take over their grandfather's mantle and help Rosco and his friends find their way back to their world.
Author Sara Furlong brings a sense of wonder and adventure to the narrative that makes it an absolute joy to read. The Purple Raccoon is the story of two ten-year-old twin siblings finding themselves on an adventure of a lifetime during a magical summer with their grandparents. The characters are colorful, both literally and metaphorically. Their vibrant personas pop out of the pages while the author keeps you invested with a fascinating plot full of mystery and intrigue. Sam, Cindy, Tom, Rosco, and Charlie were some of my favorite characters from the bunch. I also found Sam and Cindy's sibling dynamic particularly adorable. The Purple Raccoon is a wondrous fantasy adventure book that anyone below twelve will adore.