Ragweed and Poppy


Author: Avi

Illustrator: Brian Floca

Ragweed is on a freight train heading away from Amperville, seeking a new life. On his way, he meets Lotar, an innocent but annoying baby raccoon who is desperate to reunite with his mother. Though Ragweed doesn’t want to be tied down, he helps the youngster. After finally getting rid of the pesky creature, a high-flying misadventure lands him in Dimwood Forest. That’s where Ragweed hears another cry for help. Following the call, he finds a cage with a young deer mouse trapped inside. When he asks the mouse’s name, she replies, “Poppy.”

How Ragweed comes to Poppy’s aid, and how Poppy comes to his, is the story of how their fateful friendship begins.