Horatio's One Wish
Horatio's One Wish: A Tale of One Heroic Hedgehog, Two Loyal Hamsters, and a Missing River Otter
Horatio's One Wish
Winner of the Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal. This is a story that will tickle your funny-bone and touch your heart.  "Gently inspiring prose in the style of Charlotte's Web," raves The Midwest Book Review. "A touching tale with kindness, empathy, and courage." "Delightful." "Unforgettable."  "Amiable traveling companions" take you on "a journey with considerable suspense," writes Publisher Weekly.  "All the right elements for an epic read-aloud adventure," says Seattle Child's Magazine.               Horatio has lived alone as long as he can remember. His only friend is a river otter named Rollic, who visits him nearly every day. But when Rollic goes missing, Horatio knows he must try to find him. With the help of hamster twins, Whisklet and Whimser, Horatio embarks on an adventure beyond anything he could have dreamed. Along the way, Horatio meets Leala, a champion archer from the hedgehog village--a village Horatio never knew existed. Leala opens a door to a home Horatio has yearned for all his life. Will Horatio continue on and risk his life to rescue his friend or will he follow Leala back to his long-lost home?Enter a world full of magic and mystery, of woodland creatures and strange beasts.  Horatio's One Wish is a humorous and heartwarming story that shows what true friendship means. Show less

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Horatio is a hedgehog. He lives near the river. He has lived there for as long as he can remember. His best friend is a sea otter and his name is Rollic. Rollic always comes to visit Horatio. One day Rollic did not come back to meet Horatio. Horatio was worried and wanted to find him, so he went on a frightening journey to rescue his friend.

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Reviews (from Amazon):

"As a teacher I frequently have to search to find a story that will excite and motivate my students to read, while also encouraging them to think deeply about the world in which they live. Horatio's One Wish accomplishes both tasks. Children from grade school through middle school will be captivated by the adventures of Horatio and his pals, Whisklet and Whimser. They will also be inspired by the themes of friendship, loyalty, kindness, and courage that run through this book. In this coming-of-age story teachers will find many opportunities for thought provoking discussion. If your students enjoy reading suspenseful adventure stories they will love Horatio's One Wish."

"Get ready to laugh, cry, and bite your nails! This is an adventure full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A must-read for any person, young or old, with vivid illustrations which bring the characters to life. A great book to read to your children or grandchildren. Horatio is a gentle, wonderful, brave character who will be loved by everyone."

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