In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Desperaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story of the tiny individuals who secretly live among us humans.
Helena is the oldest of four mouse siblings who live in the walls of the Cranston estate. It is 1887 when the nouveau riche Cranstons decide to take a cruise ship to England in search of a husband for their awkward older daughter. The Cranston mice stow away in the luggage . . . and so begins the time of their lives, as they meet intriguing, cosmopolitan mice onboard and take it upon themselves to help the human Cranston daughters find love. They might just find perfect futures for themselves as well!
Full of laughs, near-misses, and surprise, this is Richard Peck at his best and most playful. (Ages 8 and up)(Amazon)
Richard Peck lives in New York City. Two-time National Book Award finalist, he has also received the Newbery Medal, an Edgar Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Scott O'Dell Award, and a National Humanities Medal. (Amazon)
A wonderful mix of Upstairs Downstairs and The Borrowers, this is the first animal story from the incredible Peck. Helena is the eldest of the Cranston family of mice. Her parents are both dead as are her older sisters. It is 1887 and the human Cranston family is planning a trip to England to get their eldest daughter wed. So the mouse family also has to decide. Do they travel across the dangerous and deadly water with the family or stay behind in an empty house.
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