Secrets at Sea

(2011)
Secrets at Sea

Newbery medalist (for A Year Down Yonder) Richard Peck pens an exciting, humorous mouse adventure - - a nonstop entertaining run of mice at sea, sailing with their people, the Cranstons, to England in search of a husband for daughter, Olive Cranston. Helena, the eldest mouse sister, and her family fear discovery, the perils of open water, and the menace of the ship’s cat. Helena narrates the story from mouse perspective (“. . . We mice dream of nothing but cheese and time running out.” p. 43).  The romances of mouse societies parallel the human pairings with surprising and joyous outcomes. Rich in detail and language, this is a delightful read for animal fantasy fans. Compare it to Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux.

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