Jeremy Longtail and the Hunt for Mongolia

by Elaine Moon Balsam Illustrated by Ashlyn Mackenzie



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/4/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781480892064
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781480892088
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781480892071

About the Book

Jeremy Longtail’s life is about to change. He is a gerbil who lives with a little girl named Carrie, who loses interest in him and leaves him alone too often. In his free time, he watches the “glowing box” that teaches him things about reading and about a faraway place called Mongolia, where his ancestors came from. Although he has no idea where Mongolia is, he is determined to find that place where gerbils still live in the wild and to make his home there.
When Carrie moves to California, he is taken to a pet shop. Thanks to a frightened rabbit, Jeremy escapes from the pet shop, along with his new friend, Little, another gerbil. They first build a burrow in the park but come upon many dangers, including cats, dogs, and hungry rats. The real journey begins when Jeremy and Little end up in a mailbag!
Follow Jeremy Longtail as he makes his way through adventures and misadventures, meets friends and enemies along the way, and learns about the many kinds of humans that shape the world around him—but will he ever make it to Mongolia?

About the Author

Elaine Moon Balsam has told bedtime stories to entertain homesick campers, built excitement as an English teacher in São Paulo, Brazil, and made puppets come alive as a Pre-K enrichment teacher. Animals have always been a part of her life, including guinea pigs, lovebirds, gerbils, dogs, horses, iguanas, a ball python, and a bearded dragon.

Ashlyn Mackenzie was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and moved to the United States when she was eleven years old. From early childhood, Ashlyn explored art both in school and at home. Despite never receiving formal training outside of school, her passion and dedication helped her improve. While attending high school in Maryland, Ashlyn continued to challenge herself artistically and completed AP Studio Art, receiving the Senior Art Award at graduation. Ashlyn is studying engineering at the University of Melbourne. She intends to pursue art throughout her life.