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A Taste for Rabbit

By Linda Zuckerman

A dramatic collision course in a novel reminiscent of Watership Down

What will hunger drive you to do?

The markets are empty, and the fox citizens in town are desperate. Should Harry the Fox take a job that smells suspicious, for the chance at some money and a rare taste of rabbit?

What is more important than survival?

Rabbits have a well-ordered society of their own now. But recently whole families have disappeared without a trace. The government responds with harsher laws and more restrictions. Quentin the Rabbit hopes it will all go away. But it doesn't.

When should you trust the enemy?

Harry and Quentin both know that something has gone horribly wrong in the forest. With their lives at stake, can they trust each other? Are you safer with the enemy you've just met or the brother you've hated your whole life?

A Taste for Rabbit is a ferocious look at siblings, friendship, the price of honor, and what it means to be... human.

Reviews and Awards

Junior Library Guild Selection
Oregon Book Award: Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult literature

"This bold attempt to rewrite the talking-animal fantasy for the twenty-first century (with such visionary touches as lesbian raccoon innkeepers and a game of checkers to which cheating is intrinsic) is ultimately captivating bunny noir." - Horn Book

"Don’t let the title fool you: veteran book editor Zuckerman’s debut novel isn’t a wild game cookbook but an allegorical exploration of the primitive elements of human nature and society, à la Richard Adams’s classic Watership Down.... The blend of adventure, mystery and morality in this heroic tale of honor and friendship will appeal to middle-school fantasy fans, especially fans of Brian Jacques’s Redwall saga." - Publishers Weekly

"The language is eloquent and, at times, humorous. The plot moves steadily forward, effectively maintaining suspense through the use of the two converging story lines. Harry, Quentin, and their friends, never simple or two-dimensional, are permanently changed from the violence, oppression, and desperation they experience. For those who survive, some return home and some cannot bear to face the prospect." - School Library Journal

"Zuckerman writes with a polish that belies her long experience as a children’s-book editor, interpreting classic elements drawn from Robert Adams’ influential Watership Down (1972) in a way that feels unexpectedly fresh." - Booklist

"Zuckerman's book is likely to find fans among those who enjoy the Redwall series.... the story is imaginative, sinister, and inspiring in turn." - KLIATT

"Zuckerman able balances the clear moral message with high adventure, a rapid pace, and intriguing side characters... In addition, the format of alternating focus between Harry and the rabbits, whose paths grow closer to converging with each chapter, effectively heightens the tension.... Fantasy readers (particularly Redwall and Watership Down fans) will easily identify with these imperfect but well-intentioned saviors, and they will cheer their valiant efforts to change their world." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

Purchase Options
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Fall 2007
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0-439-86977-3
Price: $16.99/$20.99
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 320
Foreign Rights: Nancy Gallt
Translation Rights: Nancy Gallt
Rights Available? yes

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