Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams (1972)

watership.jpgIn true British literary tradition, Watership Down began as a story Richard Adams told his daughters night after night as an ongoing bedtime story.  Eventually they convinced him to write it down into a proper book.  He did, and after being rejected by 7 publishing houses (sound familiar??), it was published and became an  international best seller in the 1970s.  Don’t you love that??

Watership Down is a nearly 500-page novel following a small colony of rabbits’ epic journey to establish a new warren.  The plot and writing are so good, you’ll completely forget you’re reading a novel about a group of little bunnies.  Although Mr. Adam’s rabbits can talk, they are still rabbits who hop and dig and forage for food.

I can’t wait for you to meet Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and Kehaar!  This isn’t a baby, fairy story.  It’s a novel of daring and survival, just right for your high school reader — or YOU!

There is a sequel Tales From Watership Down (288 pages).

High School reading level, 476 pages, Books for Boys, Published in 1972

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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