The Willows and Beyond is by William Horwood. Horwood continues the stories begun by Kenneth Grahame in The Wind and the Willows. This story takes place as the characters in the original tales have aged and are now in their later years. Ratty is feeling the urge to travel and his friends are dealing with a threat to the Wild Wood. If you were a fan of the original tales you will enjoy this story as well. The illustrations are also beautiful.
Ratings: 6th grade - 8 out of 10.