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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book


Spring 2017 Audio Book
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Hachette Audio
CD Price: $22.00

Mice have an average lifespan of one year, their families are called a "mischief" and it's not unusual for one mischief to include 97 kids. These are a few things you'll learn in this charming story told by Isaiah, an escaped lab mouse, trying to reconnect with his almost 100-member mischief.

Isaiah is special. He has sky-blue fur, and he can read and write. It made him popular with the long coats at the lab, but the lab is a creepy place. And now that he's out, he needs to get his family out, too.

Enter Hayley, a young girl who could use a few friends. A reading writing mouse is a great start. They hit it off fast and hatch a plan.

Each chapter begins with a plucky Isaiah aphorism, like "God gave us the acorns, but he doesn't crack them open for us." Red-tailed hawks and house cats loom large in this world lived at ground level. Imminent danger and scrumptious pastry crumbs lurk or tease at every turn. It's a story chock full of heroic, terrifying and bumbling moments. Calling upon his cute scrappy smarts, and a little luck, Isaiah manages to find his mischief.

Narrator Nate Begle delivers a lively and colorful mouse, and captures, too, the fumbling menace and mystery of the lab.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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