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Then 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 watch, waiting 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.


by Prudence Breitrose

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Overall Review:  

The tagline "When mice do more than point and click" is what initially caught my eye and caused me to pick up Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose.  This gentle novel successfully incorporates themes about friendship and environmental responsibility.  It also portrays divorce and re-marriage in an affirming light, showing that families can go on to thrive and have positive relationships post-divorce.   Add mice that are just adorable with their little military operation mode and sprinkle with illustrations, and you have a perfect younger middle grade read.  The book starts stiffly and the setting is so current that it is unclear if the book will have a long relationship with future generations of readers.  But, overall, Mousenet is a sweet read that contemporary kids will relate to and enjoy.

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Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity


Violence/Gore:  Report of a character throwing and hitting a silbing in the head with a shoe; report of a prior car accident resulting in a death.


Sex/Nudity:  None

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Divorce and remarriage, trespassing.

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Adults have a toast with champagne.

Reviewed By Cindy
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