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The Great & the Small

Emily and Sam


A.T. Balsara

Where is the line between good and evil?

Deep below the market, in the dark tunnels no human knows exist, a war has begun. Led by the charismatic Beloved Chairman, a colony of rats plots to exterminate the ugly two-legs who have tortured them in labs, crushed them with boots, and looked at them with disgust for as long as anyone can remember.

When the Chairman’s nephew is injured and a young two-leg nurses him back to health, however, doubt about the war creeps in. Now the colony is split—obey the Chairman and infect the two-legs with the ancient sickness passed down from the Old Ones, or do the unthinkable . . .


2020 Page Turner Book Awards – shortlisted and won a Spectrum Audiobook prize

2018 Nautilus Book Awards – Silver (given to books that promote peace)

2018 Literary Classics Book Awards – Top Honors, The Eloquent Quill Award

2018 Literary Classics Book Awards – Golds, Upper Middle Grade category and Epic category

2018 Screen craft Cinematic Book Competition – SemiFinalist

2018 Moonbeam Book Awards – Silver, YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi category


October 5, 2017

296 Pages | 6 × 9

Young Adult (12+)

ISBN 9781988761107



About the Author:

Andrea Torrey Balsara has published books for young children up to young adults, sometimes working as a writer, sometimes as an illustrator, and sometimes as both. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, and has taken at least a million art workshops, but she's primarily a self-taught artist. She has an eclectic background, having worked as an American Sign Language interpreter, a school bus driver, and a zombie office worker. Back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, she even attended theatre school in London, England. She lives in an old Victorian manor house with her husband and family, and their two dogs, two cats, and two hives of bees (the bees live outside), where she can often be found in her cold attic of a workroom, pretending to be the heroine from Jane Eyre as she writes and draws with frozen fingers.

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