January 8, 2015
Mousenet - by Prudence Breitrose
This excellent book tells the tale of Megan, a nice but lonely 10-year-old girl who is thrust into the world of mice when her uncle invents a tiny computer and gives it to her. Megan has a little trouble fitting in at her new school, perhaps because for the last two years it's been just her and her mom, studying sheep on a remote island and focusing more on their science than on keeping up with fashion or pop culture. Her social problems are the perfect opportunity for the mice to befriend her, because wouldn't you know it, the mouse world had been waiting for an opportunity just like this.
Mice. Seriously, wait until you read what these mice have been up to! Not only does this book do a brilliant job of creating an whole sub-world full of thoughtful and sophisticated (but still very mouse-like) mice, but it digs deep into the human characters as well. It's one of those books that seems a little silly, but ends up being pretty deep without overdoing it. This is one that will appeal to boys and girls, and adults and children. It's not a super action-packed adventure, but will keep your mind racing and your fingers turning the pages.