Rosemary Van Deuren Basajaun

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Basajaun

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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.

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Rosemary Van Deuren is an arts and entertainment interviewer and essayist. Basajaun is her first novel.

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"Basajaun is a beautiful book, written by a masterful wordsmith!" --T. A. Barron

Basajaun by Rosemary Van Deuren follows a young girl named Cora that befriends a rabbit and discovers a whole new world full of adventure and danger. Basajaun is the debut novel of author Rosemary Van Deuren. The titular character is a rabbit who is befriended by a human girl named Cora. When Cora realizes that she can talk to Basajaun -- and he can talk back -- they form a friendship stronger than anything else the girl has ever experienced. But her town is not safe for Basajaun. A pastor has arrived to rid the townspeople of their biggest problem -- an overabundance of rabbits. While Cora wishes to do everything in her power to stop the pastor, even if that won't amount to much, she must stay quiet for fear of attracting his attention and endangering herself.

But Pastor Harding is more than he seems. His vendetta against the rabbits seems to go deeper than just helping the townsfolk, and his determination to wipe the vermin off the face of the planet borders on manic. Cora must keep Basajaun safe and help the rabbits of the warren to stop the pastor from killing each and every one of them. With no other human there to help her, she must use every ounce of wit and courage she possesses in order to stop the pastor once and for all.

Basajaun by Rosemary Van Deuren is one of those novels that is richly detailed and layered with more meaning than what you just find on the surface. Cora and Basajaun have much in common despite their obvious differences, and it is this pair of heroes that drives the story forward through the terrifying and dangerous mission that is bestowed upon them. Death and nature play a prominent role in this book, and although our heroine is nothing more than a child, Van Deuren does not hesitate to remind us at every turn just what could happen to our main characters should they happen to fail.

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. With themes of genocide and what it means to be a parent, this is a book that both children and adults will appreciate. --Hypable.com --Publisher's Weekly Select

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. --Publisher's Weekly Select

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