Gogi's Gambit (The Lost Rainforest #2)

 
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Gogi's Gambit (The Lost Rainforest #2)
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8+
Release Date
February 05, 2019
ISBN
978-0062491114
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The second book in New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer’s Lost Rainforest series will thrill fans of Warriors and Spirit Animals with action and humor as the shadowwalkers battle to save their magical rainforest home.

Caldera always existed in harmony between the creatures who walk by day and those who walk by night—until an ancient evil awakened. In the year since the shadowwalkers’ narrow escape from the Ant Queen, the ants’ destruction has only spread.

Gogi, a shadowwalker monkey still learning to wield his fire powers, embarks on a quest with his friends—including a healing bat, an invisible panther, and a tree frog who controls the winds—for a powerful object that can harness the magic of the eclipse to defeat the Ant Queen.

But with just weeks before the next eclipse, Gogi must race to prove that he can control the mighty depths of his talent if he is to protect his friends, save the rainforest, and return home unsinged.

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action/adventure with conservationist themes
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4.0
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4.0
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GOGI'S GAMBIT is the second book in the middle grade THE LOST RAINFOREST series. Gogi and his friends were born under a special moon which has given them powers. Gogi the monkey has powers of fire. He is still learning about himself and his friends, when the Ant Queen is beginning to use her armies of ants to take over and destroy the rainforest. She has also threatened the group of friends- who may have a traitor in their midst. The race is on to save their friends and their home.

The book feels appropriate for the middle grade crowd overall, though it does have fighting and deaths (not in detail), as the friends and particularly Gogi fight the Ant Queen. This is told from the animals' perspectives and will appeal to children who like reading about animals with plenty of action and adventure. The book also subtly points out the need to save the rainforests for the animals who live there, which is a light conservationist theme.

Overall, GOGI'S GAMBIT will appeal to young middle grade readers who enjoy animals, magic, and action/adventure.
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Perfect for Fans of animals and magic
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The first of the series follows the panther Mez. This one follows Gogi the monkey. Born under a special moon, Gogi has magic in the form of fire. He and his friends must join together to defeat the Ant Queen, especially since Gogi fears his home is her next target.

The Ant Queen is set on destroying the rainforest and is leaving lots of animals dead and homeless. As she creates her army of ants, she's almost become unstoppable, but she knows she needs a select few animals to help complete her mission.

When a meeting is compromised, Gogi and his friends learn there is a traitor among the shadowwalkers, but who? Gogi must draw forward his inner fire to save himself, his friends, and the rainforest.

I love that this story is from the animals POV and that the terminology is appropriate and well thought out. For example, instead of hand, they say paw. I love the twists and turns in this book and that you didn't know who could be trusted and who couldn't. Gogi is loyal to his friends and even though he's still learning his way with his fire, that doesn't stop him from being mentally strong. The destruction of the Ant Queen was interesting because it felt like something humans are doing as well.


Final Verdict: I would recommend this series to fans of animals, adventure, the rainforest, and magic.
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