"Fun and lighthearted." —Publishers Weekly
A resilient and quirky colony of church mice fears another Great X more than they fear cats. Under the Mouse Mistress Hildegarde’s leadership, a resilient group of church mice save themselves from one danger after another—sometimes 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.
Lois Lowry is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver. Her first novel, A Summer to Die, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry lives in Maine.
“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 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.”—Publishers Weekly
“This gently Christian piece with Rohmann’s earnest pencil illustrations will please talking-animal fans.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Likely to be enjoyed by future readers of Avi’s ‘Poppy’ sequence (HarperCollins).”—School Library Journal
“Lowry gilds her story with quaint details, extended in Rohmann’s charming spot and full-page illustrations, which reinforce the comedy and action and further develop the memorable characters. With touches of surprise and a satisfyingly predictable resolution, this is a strong choice for both classroom sharing and independent reading.”—Booklist
"A fine short novel for independent readers and a wonderful readaloud story for younger children. Lois Lowry again proves herself the go-to gal in children’s lit.”—Books for Kids blog
“Author Lois Lowry has been writing a variety of children’s and teen books for decades and with this title continues to entertain with a thoughtful story about cooperation, kindness, and faith.”—BSCKids.com