Down the Mysterly River Author:Bill Willingham Max "the Wolf" is a top-notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering and a master of being prepared. So it is a little odd that he suddenly finds himself, with no recollection of his immediate past, lost in an unfamiliar wood. Even odder still, he encounters a badger named Banderbrock, a black bear named Walden, and McTavish the Monster ... more »(who might also be an old barn cat) -- all of whom talk -- and who are as clueless as Max.
Before long, Max and his friends are on the run from a relentless group of hunters and their deadly hounds. Armed with powerful blue swords and known as the Blue Cutters, these hunters capture and change the very essence of their prey. For what purpose, Max can’t guess. But unless he can solve the mystery of the strange forested world he’s landed in, Max may find himself and his friends changed beyond recognition, lost in a lost world....« less
I picked this up at a dollar store because it looked interesting, even though it was clear it was a book for older kids (10 and up). An interesting story with some fun characters - a Boy Scout, a badger, a bear, and a barn cat as the main ones. Mysterious Blue Cutters are after them and none of them knows why, nor how each got to the strange land they find themselves in. A little bit Wizard of Oz-like with some good twists and turns and good writing.