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Bless This Mouse
by Lois Lowry and Eric Rohmann

Overview - A resilient and quirky colony of church mice fears another Great X more than they fear cats. Under Mouse Mistress Hildegarde's leadership, they save themselves from one danger after another--sometimes just by the skin of their tails Can one ultimate act of bravery during the feast day of St.  Read more...

 
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More About Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry; Eric Rohmann
 
 
 
Overview
A resilient and quirky colony of church mice fears another Great X more than they fear cats. Under Mouse Mistress Hildegarde's leadership, they save themselves from one danger after another--sometimes just by the skin of their tails Can one ultimate act of bravery during the feast day of St. Francis get Father Murphy to bless these mice and keep them safe forever? Rife with humor and personality, this young middle-grade novel has an old-fashioned feel with the makings of a modern classic.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547390093
  • ISBN-10: 0547390092
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
  • Publish Date: March 2011
  • Page Count: 151
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-01-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

An endangered community of church mice stars in Lowry's old-fashioned animal fantasy. When the mice of St. Bartholomew's—already fearing the annual Blessing of the Animals that brings an onslaught of cats into their home—learn that too many mouse sightings have prompted kind Father Murphy to call in the dreaded "Great X" (exterminator), their Mouse Mistress, the commanding Hildegarde, plots an exodus to the unknown territory of Outdoors. "Hildegarde had an EX of her own now to plan... a special kind of EX she had learned about from listening to readings from the Bible." "Peopled" with characters no less endearing for being stereotypical—a loudmouthed adolescent, a learned elder, a loyal and somewhat foolish cohort, and a disagreeable contender for Hildegarde's position—the book is an impeccably constructed, good-humored adventure filled with master plans, near disasters, and brave rescues, all gently frightening for readers even younger than the target audience. Lowry (The Birthday Ball) creates a cozy church environment of lenient sextons, disheveled organists, and skittish Altar Guild ladies, from a mouse's point-of-view. Fun and lighthearted. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 9–12. (Mar.)

 
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