Regardless of publication order, I read this book *after* Digger, which I believe to be the proper order of things. In this story, the grandson of Surka the brave shrew from Digger receives a letter asking for help. Just after that, he finds his grandmother's diary. Quotes from the diary help him get moving out into the world to find his adventure.
"IT seEMs to me ThAt if I kEeP wAitinG uNtiL I am olDeR, oNe day i'LL diScoVeR thAt I aM olD, aNd I wiLl sTiLL nOt hAVe HaD aN AdVenTuRe!"
This is a sweet book that has an unforced emphasis on being polite, being prepared, helping people, and finishing what you start. The quotes from Surka are fabulous (mostly) and definitely add to the story.
And now I have a whole pile of new names for goat babies. Nurk's full name is Nurkus Aurelius Alonzo Electron Maximilian Shrew. Surka's name is Surka Aurelia Maxine Shrew. Also, "surka" is the name of the plant that gives Aerin so much trouble in The Hero and The Crown. So, maybe not.