The Great & the Small

Publisher: Common Deer Press
Released: October 31, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-988761-10-7

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 infest the two-legs with the ancient sickness passed down from the Old Ones, or do the unthinkable…



“Exploring the complex layers of the human (and animal) heart, and what it means to love and struggle with ties to family as well as the greater good, A.T. Balsara deftly weaves a tale that is compelling and thought-provoking…!”


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Literary Classics Book Awards 2018 ELOQUENT QUILL Award winner, and GOLD in Upper Middle Grade, and Epic



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A 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) finalist


A 2018 Royal Dragonfly Honorable Mention


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