Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Mouseheart, by Lisa Fiedler

MouseheartSummary:  Hopper is just an ordinary pet shop mouse before he escapes. Soon he finds himself below the bustling streets of Brooklyn, deep within the untamed tangles of transit tunnels, and in Atlantia, a glorious utopian rat civilization. But Hopper misses his siblings that he lost in the escape attempt. And Atlantia is constantly threatened by the rebels who wish to bring the city to its knees.  Soon, Hopper is caught in the crosshairs of a colossal battle, one that crosses generations and species.  Hopper learns terrible, extraordinary secrets: Deadly secrets about Atlantia. Painful secrets about his friends.  And one powerful secret about his destiny…

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3 thoughts on “Mouseheart, by Lisa Fiedler

  1. I correctly predicted this book. I’m not saying that it’s predictable, but I can tell what these types of books are. They are mostly enjoyable, and attention-gripping. However, sadly, that is not what I’m looking for in the Newbery award-winner. Plenty of these books come out each year, and I love reading them, but the Newbery award is for “Distinguished” books. The plot(as usual) was one of the major characteristics. It was obviously well-thought. The basic storyline is a mouse from a pet shop escapes and discovers a hidden dangerous world beneath the surface. Overtime, Hopper(the main mouse) discovers past memories which ultimately lead to a surprising outcome. The characters were well described and creative; the author input flashbacks which were intriguing, and which also added to the complex character background. The writing style is synonymous with the “types” of books I was talking about-a quick, atttention-gripping book. As I said before, I don’t object to these, but they aren’t quite right for the Newbery. Overall, I believe this book would be a fun, pleasant read for young middle-schoolers. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t vote this for Newbery though.

  2. This was a great book! It reminds me of a book called Urchin of the Riding Stars, which is from the Mistmantle chronicles. I think that this is a great book but I do not think that it stands alone well. It seems that you have to read the next book to “finish the story”.

  3. This book is easier to understand in the beginning but as it moves on gets really confusing, like: who is on who’s side, who is good and who is bad, what’s the point of this? Although it does have the answers sometime about 2/3 into the book, it’s not a complete story by itself and it’s just the beginning of a whole series you would have to read to get the whole picture. I did like it, but it’s not very distinguished fantasy, but it’s kind of confusing so I wouldn’t vote for this book.

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