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Brambleheart: A Story About Finding Treasure and the Unexpected Magic of Friendship

(Brambleheart #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Brambleheart is beloved illustrator and author Henry Cole’s charming animal fantasy about a young chipmunk who stumbles upon a magical secret that helps him discover the meaning of friendship.

Twig has always wondered who he will become. In the Hill, everyone studies a craft and becomes a master’s Apprentice, but first you have to be good at something.

Twig tries very hard i
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Mayra Yes, it is. A few words describing nature & plants might be unknown to her but can be figured out by context, or if reading on a kindle can be defined…moreYes, it is. A few words describing nature & plants might be unknown to her but can be figured out by context, or if reading on a kindle can be defined easily. The book can be read as a whole, but I have a strong feeling a series will come out of it. And it's fine because I am sure my students will enjoy it. (less)

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Mary Eve
Welcome to the Hill, home to Twig the chipmunk and his furry friends. Trouble always seems to find Twig and today is no different than any other day. Failing in metal class, Twig is ordered to leave the classroom. Embarrassed and tired of being laughed at, the little chipmunk ponders his future. Unlike his BFF Lily, it's unlikely that Twig will be named a Master Metal Crafter. Twig isn't good at anything and he isn't sure what he wants to do. His favorite past time is reading and he spends most ...more
Tricia Douglas
Henry Cole has written a sweet little story about a chipmunk trying to discover himself and his place in the world. The illustrations are amazing! There is a great message for children in this book however the ending is slightly abrupt and a little disappointing. I'm hoping that there is a sequel coming up that will pick up where this story ended. ...more
La La
It took forever for this story to take off. I would say the first third of the book was repetitive. Twig failing and making a teacher mad, Twig failing and making a teacher mad, Twig failing and making a teacher mad, Twig failing and making someone mad, and mad again and again... each a full scenario. Also, I kept getting confused between the teachers because they would be initially described and then only identified by their name most of the time after that. They are all animals, so the author ...more
Rashika (is tired)
I feel like this is a decent, cute book but at the same time, it did almost nothing for me so I cannot really be objective in my rating for the book.

Review might come in the future?
Jeremy Manuel
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Brambleheart is kind of a hard book to rate. On the one hand it is cute story about a chipmunk, named Twig, trying to find his place in the animal society that he's a part of. Twig is an endearing character and you enjoy seeing his story as he struggles in the high stress environment of the class room, tries to runs away, and finds a new friend in the process.

On the other hand the book is a bit of a mess. Other characters besides Twig aren't really developed the most. Lily is probably the one fl
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Youngsters who don't feel they measure up will relate to Twig.
I wonder why Basil suddenly befriends him. I wonder what happened to the "Two Legs"
The story ended abruptly, so I wonder if this indicates a sequel. It might make a good read alound.
Rachel Herrington
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Beautiful illustrations, interesting story with a slow start. However, there is no ENDING! It just stops in the middle of an action scene. What happens to the dragon? Does Twig get his name? Do they find Char's home? Does the ship sink? PLEASE finish the story. A Good Reads giveaway. (Would have received a higher rating if the story had an appropriate ending.) ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute little story in an interesting setting. The drawings greatly help imagine the world and lessen the need for long descriptiveness that ends up being unclear anyway. Moreover they're also simply lovely to look at. I wish more books came with so many great little drawings. They really do add value.

Be warned that it does not end and leads straight into the sequel though!
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a very cute read but for a book all about the magic of building friendships there was a significant lack of forging friendships. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time looking through the adorable eyes of an academically clumsy chipmunk but I feel that the author spent more time exploring the world around than the characters in the protagonist's life. Since I didn't get a chance to look at the personalities of each character, I don't really understand why they were inspired to do what t ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kelly Hager
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I definitely have plans to buy this for my godson for his birthday in August. This book is absolutely adorable and is one of my favorite middlegrade novels ever.

I really like Twig and definitely understand the struggle between wanting to be left alone with your books and wanting to be a successful person. ;) I have so much to say but all of it centers around the "curious secret" and reactions to/helpers with said "curious secret," so basically just buy and read this book.

This book left me with a
Rebecca Joseph
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
My little brother and sister had to read this for their elementary school and when I read it to them they loved it. They fell into the story Of Twig who finds a dragon egg and then hatches it. They loved the Hill and were always begging me to read more. On the other hand I felt like this book did not have that complicated of a story line to capture me. That is the only reason I gave it 3 stars. Otherwise the book was well written and it was a good way to turn a picture book into something a litt ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has so much going for it - characters kids love, cute illustrations, solid writing - but the ending was so disappointing. Partly, this was because (as so many other reviewers have noted) it ends abruptly. My 11-year old commented, "Worst ending ever!" Since there is a sequel, I could possibly overlook this problem. My bigger issue is with Twig's choice at the end of the book. All through the book we know he's making a poor choice, but near the end he *seems* to learn his lesson, only t ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I quickly realized that this was an illustrator attempting to be an author. The illustrations are gorgeous, and brought my ratings up a star. The story isn't bad, but (as others have pointed out) it also isn't great. The author missed opportunities to explain rationales for his characters, and for character growth. And it's probably the most abrupt ending I've ever seen in any book, bar none . . . even for one where a sequel was planned. ...more
Christie Powell
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the worldbuilding, and the illustrations were adorable. The setting is interesting and has the perfect blend of order and spontaneity. The characters were fitting for a middle grade story, if a little cliche. I thought that the plot could use a little smoothing--it's the first of a series, but even so, nothing really got resolved in the end. ...more
Jill Young
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet animal fantasy but I felt the end was rushed and left me questioning why Basil, the antagonist, would so willingly give Twig the key to release Char. Story about friendship and discovering what is truly important. Loved the illustrations. Would make a nice read aloud.
Dec 03, 2018 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference
Oops. Forgot to review this last week. At this point I'm not even positive that I finished. Cute enough, but really for the youngest MG, maybe for families reading together. I seem to recall an ending that didn't signify... but no interest in reading the sequel. ...more
Melinda Bender
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute story featuring Twig a chipmunk who cannot live up to his father’s reputation as a master metal crafter. Along with friends Twig goes on a journey to discover that he can accomplish more then he thinks. Felt a little disappointed at the ending.
Melanie Gering
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this little book! Delightful illustrations, characters, and a great story. I'm really looking forward to the next book! ...more
Susan Morris
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Twig, a chipmunk, is struggling to fit in & succeed in school when he discovers a dragon's egg that quickly hatches. Great animal adventure story! (Library) ...more
I liked the idea of this book, but the dragon part was never really fleshed out, maybe in book 2.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: intermediate-3-5
Brambleheart (2016)
by Henry Cole
Lower Level JFic
Brambleheart is a treasure of a book. With it's short chapters and black and white illustrations it would be a great book for second graders, a perfect transition from beginning chapter books to more complex books. The story is also sure to appeal to older kids and would be great read aloud. The story centers around Twig, a chipmunk who feels out of place in his community because he hasn't mastered any skill yet like his friends have. After being s
This was my first attempt to do a chapter each night with the kids, and while they didn't always pay attention (or at all, really), I enjoyed it thoroughly and it was nice hearing a story in installments.

The prose and descriptions in Brambleheart are excellent. Cole paints a very clear picture of The Hill and its inhabitants. You get the impression that he wants us to care for the environment with all the messages about garbage.

So the protagonist, Twig, stumbles upon this dragon egg and it hat
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the Hill the animals over the years have learned to make use of the items thrown into this human trash heap. Chipmunks, rabbits and weasels among others have learned to work side by side. It is not as ideal a community as it could be since certain personalities clash, but there is an emphasis on trying to be harmonious and working out problems. Henry Cole develops many sided characters, subtly including good and bad role models. He shows students that they can change their feelings about othe ...more
Tessa McMillan
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The young chipmunk, Twig, feels like an outsider in the woodland community of the Hill. This is because Twig doesn’t feel confident in the crafts he is taught at school. In the Hill, craft mastery determines a creature’s social standing. After a disastrous day, Twig runs away to escape his problems. However, he runs across a new problem: a newborn dragon. Seeing no mother dragon, Twig adopts the baby and returns home to secretly care for it. Twig enlists his best friend, Lily, to care for the ba ...more
Kristin Eoff
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a darling book, with a beautiful cover and sweet illustrations. The story is also very cute, with a touch of fantasy that takes it out of the realm of ordinary talking-animal books. Unfortunately it ends on a massive cliffhanger, and thus one has to immediately go find the second book in the duology. I bought this because I had already liked A Nest for Celeste, and this book was just as much a pleasure to read.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
It's a cute story, but I'ma little conflicted in whether and how I'd recommend it... there are words and concepts and references that would be challenging for young kids to read and understand, but the story/plot is a little too simple for an older kid, who would understand the vocabulary and concepts, to get enjoyment out of it. However, my kids and I enjoyed slowly reading through it as a bedtime story, and will likely continue on with the next one. ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, series, 3-stars, 2020
I know this is the first in a series, but the ending did not feel like an ending. It felt like a beginning. Which means the entire book is one giant beginning... fell flat for me. But it's cute and enjoyable, and I'm not opposed to reading the second book. I am rather curious what will happen to the little crew. ...more
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