17 June 2011

Secrets at Sea; Richard Peck

Secrets at SeaSecrets at Sea by Richard Peck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a cute book - a little like The Borrowers, but with definite overtones of the Miss Bianca books and Thornton Burgess.

We start in America, with a Very Old Family of mice who have adapted to, and adopted, humans. The current members of the family, the Cranstons, are named after the British Royal Family (except Lamont, of course, but he's a boy). Helena, the eldest, is trying to maintain some semblance of dignity and control over her younger siblings (Louisa, Beatrice and the aforementioned Lamont) when the news comes that the human, Olive, Must Be Given Her Chance - in other words, making her debut in London in hope of attracting a husband. This means travel... over water... something that doesn't do well with mice.

However, in an attempt to help Olive along, the mice-Cranstons stow aboard and are swept up in shipboard life. There's adventure, romance, incredible feasts and Lamont's new career working with one of the ship's mouse stewards. Of course, as with any good animal book, all ends very happily ever after. And young middle grade readers will love it.

ARC provided by publisher.

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