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Mousenetby Prudence Breitrose
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Ten-year-old Megan helps her uncle invent the Thumbtop, the world's smallest computer. And mice are overjoyed. For years, they've been looking for a computer that fits in the average mouse hole--and here it is, in the hands of a young human.
The order comes from the Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation: follow that girl, even though it means trailing her clear across the country. That's because while Megan's mom is off doing research on climate change, she's been sent to live with a dad she hardly knows. And it's not easy. Her step-mother thinks she's uncivilized, the kids at school gang up on her, and even her step-cousin Joey wants nothing to do with her.
Then comes a mouse in the night to be her friend, and to tell her the biggest secret in the history of the world: that mice have evolved, and they need her help in getting a Thumbtop for all. In return, she will become the most powerful girl alive because with the Mouse Nation behind her there's no limit to what she can do--for her family, and for the planet.
Brought to life with whimsical illustrations, this modern tale with a classic sensibility is full of wonder and charm.
"First-time novelist Breitrose takes the familiar 'mouse story' genre into the 21st century with this lighthearted tale of 10-year-old Megan and her collaboration with the Mouse Nation, a network of highly intelligent mice who make regular use of human technology. The author envisions a humorous parallel world of mice who could 'e-mail each other... post news about themselves on MouseBook, blog, and check facts in Whiskerpedia.' After Megan's uncle invents a tiny Thumbtop computer, the perfect size for a mouse, Megan becomes the target of the tech-savvy mice, led by the Big Cheese, and is assigned a talking mouse called TM3 (later renamed Trey), who attempts to persuade Megan to deliver this technology. The relationship between Megan and Trey is strong, though other characters are less developed and the story can be convoluted, with multiple cross-country trips, Megan signing a treaty with the mice on behalf of humanity, and an environmental undercurrent to boot. But the strong-willed heroine and enthusiastically imagined world of computer-literate mice result in an amusing adventure. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 — 12. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When ten-year-old Megan helps her uncle invent the Thumbtop, the world's smallest computer, mice are overjoyed, and they want one for every mouse hole.
The Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, has orders: follow that girl-even if it means high-tailing it to Megan's new home on the other side of the country. While Megan struggles as the new girl, the mice wait for their chance. But when they tell Megan the biggest secret in the history of the world-mice have evolved, and they need her help-she isn't sure anyone will believe her. With all of Mouse Nation behind her, Megan could become the most powerful girl alive, but just how will she create a Thumptop for every mouse?
Brought to life with whimsical illustrations, Prudence Breitrose's debut novel is full of charm and adventure and will captivate today's computer-savvy middle-graders.
About the Author
Prudence Breitrose grew up in the part of England where Winnie the Pooh once roamed, but now lives in California. She worked as a health education writer until she had a dream that confused computer mice with the real thing. That got her started on this novel, which is her first. Visit her and Mouse Clan 1578 at www.mousenet.org.
Stephanie Yue is a transplant from Atlanta, Beijing, and Hong Kong. She studied illustration in New York City, and currently shares a home with a hamster in Providence, RI. When she's not drawing, you may find her zipping around on a scooter, training in martial arts, and pretending to be a superhero. More of her work can be found at www.jellycity.com.
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