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A mystical warren. A ruthless pastor.
A girl whose courage will be put to the test.

Twelve year-old Cora Clyde is a farmer’s daughter in an isolated, turn of the century town. But when a vicious and mysterious pastor preaches that the countryside’s wild rabbits must be destroyed, Cora befriends a sentient rogue rabbit named Basajaun. As the rabbits’ hidden, magical world beckons to her, Cora becomes a target for the pastor’s deadly plan. Soon the secret behind the rabbits’ plight is unveiled, and Cora must fight to save not only their lives, but her own.

"Basajaun is a beautiful book, written by a masterful wordsmith!" --T. A. Barron, New York Times Bestselling author of The Lost Years of Merlin

"In this entertaining pastoral fantasy, Van Deuren... spins a magical tale of defiance and desperation" --Publisher's Weekly Select

"richly detailed and layered with more meaning than what you just find on the surface... Basajaun may be a tale about a girl and her rabbit, but beneath the beautiful prose it is a book about the acceptance of death, the importance of all creatures, and the endurance of nature." --Hypable

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 24, 2012 – In this entertaining pastoral fantasy, Van Deuren invokes Redwall, Watership Down, and Beatrix Potter as she spins a magical tale of defiance and desperation in the English countryside of 1906. When Pastor Harding comes to a small town to deal with the local rabbit population, only 12-year-old Cora and her milkman father are wary of the man and sympathetic to the rabbits. Soon after, Cora is given a magical amulet that allows her to communicate with the animals. Making friends with the rabbit Basajuan, she becomes instrumental in the creatures struggle for survival. As Cora confronts Pastor Harding, she faces magic, mystery, and tragedy, and must decide whether she stands with humanity or the rabbits. Although the message gets a little heavy-handed at times, there s a charm and underlying sweetness to the story that balance out disturbing imagery of the slaughter of rabbits and adults terrorizing children. The story takes some unexpected turns involving the use of transformational magic and wish fulfillment, leading to a slightly muddled, but nonetheless satisfying ending. Ages 12 up.
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Aug 26, 2014
  • Publisher: Rosemary Van Deuren
  • Seller: Smashwords
  • Print Length: 332 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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