A Place to Call Home (Our Friend Hedgehog #2)

by Lauren Castillo (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From the Caldecott Honor-winning author of Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us comes a warm-hearted story about the meaning of home and the power of friendship to help you become your truest self.

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they are joined by birth, and other times they are chosen... Autumn leaves are falling in Hedge Hollow, and the change in season brings with it a spiny surprise... another hedgehog! Is it friend or foe? Or is it . . . family? On the one paw, Hedgehog is excited to meet one of her own kind, but on the other paw, she has never felt so different--or distant--from her old friends. Where does Hedgehog belong, and who does she belong with? A journey upriver through an unfamiliar forest just might lead her home.

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Kirkus Reviews

Delightful . . . An endearing and heartwarming journey to define family and self that will resonate deeply.


A perfect seasonal offering that carries a warm message of family love, whatever form one's family may take... this chapter book will delight young readers with its gentle drama, sweet characters, and humorous charm.

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Lauren Castillo
Lauren Castillo is the illustrator of several acclaimed picture books. This is the second she has both written and illustrated. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and you can also find her at www.laurencastillo.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @studiocastillo.
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Guided Reading Level
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date
October 20, 2022
Our Friend Hedgehog
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV002000 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | General
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