The Curse of Mousebeard (The Mousehunter Series #2)

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Across the Seventeen Seas lies a world filled with spies, ship battles, and secrets....

For many years, a curse has condemned Captain Mousebeard, the feared mousehunting pirate, to a life at sea, never to set foot on dry land. But the dastardly Isaiah Lovelock, Mousebeard's mortal enemy, is growing in power, and only Captain Mousebeard is brave enough to stop him.

In order to stand a chance against Lovelock, the fearless Emiline and her ...

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Overview

Across the Seventeen Seas lies a world filled with spies, ship battles, and secrets....

For many years, a curse has condemned Captain Mousebeard, the feared mousehunting pirate, to a life at sea, never to set foot on dry land. But the dastardly Isaiah Lovelock, Mousebeard's mortal enemy, is growing in power, and only Captain Mousebeard is brave enough to stop him.

In order to stand a chance against Lovelock, the fearless Emiline and her friends-now fugitives themselves- must help the captain break the curse before his fate is sealed forever. Their adventure takes them to Norgammon, a mythical land of lost mice. There, they are introduced to a wonderful and dangerous assortment of mouse species, and a terrifying battle awaits them.

Will Emiline and her crew be able to escape their enemies' claws unscathed?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
In the second book of "The Mousehunter Trilogy," young Emiline, a mousekeeper, and her friends make allies with the pirate, Mousebeard, to find the land of Norgammon. Norgammon is an Atlantis-like place that harbors endless species of mice. Mousebeard is hampered by a curse that makes him unable to walk on dry land just as his archenemy, Isiah Lovelock, can never again travel on the water. This leaves the exploration and the danger to Emiline, her friend, Scratcher, and the mysterious Ilyrian, Indigo. This is not a stand-alone story. A reader who plunges into the second book will find themselves quite literally at sea among a multitude of human and rodent characters. Fortunately, the author provides a guide to the many and varied mice that inhabit this fantasy, from the ancient and wrinkled Methuselah mouse—a key player in the subplot of Mousebeard's curse—to the mutant Golden Mouse, raised for its pricey pelt. Clarity comes at about the middle of the story in time for an Indiana Jones-like exploration of the golden pyramids of the lost Norgammon civilization. The story also has a war worthy of Pirates of the Caribbean. Only one plot device gnaws at me: the Popo Mouse—known for explosive droppings caused by their consumption of extra-spicy foods—provide the makings for shoe bombs which first make an appearance at the Mouse Trading Center. In a world where shoes have become potential weapons and 9/11 is still a horrifying memory, it seems dreadfully insensitive to place these two elements in close proximity. The Curse of Mousebeard does not end. Instead, it sets up the final book in the series as Isiah realizes that the curse is lifted. This book is good fun for adventure-seeking readers who simply do not want the story to end. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Emiline and her friends are back in this sequel to The Mousehunter (Little, Brown, 2009), and familiarity with that book will better acquaint readers with the characters and the world they inhabit. Having escaped execution in Old Town at the hands of detestable mouse collector Isiah Lovelock, the new crew of the Silver Shark is determined to stop Lovelock's latest scheme, but first must find a way to free the pirate captain Mousebeard from the curse that prevents him from setting foot on land. Their quest leads them in search of the mythical island of Norgammon, and they are joined by Indigo, a fellow mousekeeper also on the run from the Old Town Guard. Action and adventure abound as plucky Emiline once again takes to the high seas. As with the first book, chapters are interspersed with illustrated entries from the Mousekeeper's Almanac where readers encounter everything from the Slime-toothed Fang Mouse to the Northern Musical Mouse. While some of these mice feature in the story, more often they serve to fill out the imaginative world that Milway has created. Some readers may be disappointed that more time isn't spent exploring the mysteries found on Norgammon; others will simply be anxious to see how the trilogy ends.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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"The author's unique vision...matched by stronger writing chops make this second title in the energetic series a recommended pick for young readers in search of new worlds to explore."—Kirkus Reviews

"Action and adventure abound as plucky Emiline once again takes to the high seas...[in] the imaginative world that Milway has created."—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316077446
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/12/2010
  • Series: Mousehunter Series , #2
  • Pages: 347
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Milway currently lives in London and works in magazines, where he discovered his love of writing. He once had a run-in with a particularly deadly Sharpclaw Mouse but lived to tell the tale. The Mousehunter: The Curse of Mousebeard is the lively follow-up to his exciting debut novel for young readers, The Mousehunter.

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First Chapter

The Mousehunter #2: The Curse of Mousebeard


By Milway, Alex

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2010 Milway, Alex
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316077446

Goodbye to Old Town

HORATIO SPIRES RETREATED INTO THE HALLWAY NEXT TO Lovelock’s office and scribbled on a piece of paper. He acted swiftly, his ears alert to the muffled words escaping from next door.

“I shall set sail as soon as we have a favorable wind,” said Lord Battersby.

Spires heard his master laugh triumphantly, and the door clicked as it started to unlock. A bead of sweat trickled down the butler’s forehead, and with a final press of his pen against the paper in his hand, he stood upright and slid the note into his suit pocket.

“There’s no immediate rush, Alexander,” said Lovelock. “I can assure you, our friend Mousebeard will know nothing of this.”

“Even so, I’m quite in the mood for a spot of exploration. The Stonebreaker only grows barnacles in port—she’d be much happier at sea!”

“Well, don’t let me stop you,” added Lovelock. “The Golden Mice may well look like pennies next to the treasures out there. You must thank your codebreakers for me!”

The door opened fully, and Spires righted his glasses as the dull grey light of morning crept into the hallway.

“I assure you I will,” said Battersby cheerfully, “and I promise to send word of any discoveries as soon as we’re within messaging range.”

As Battersby left the room, he looked to the butler and his expression changed to one of seriousness. Their eyes met, and an icy chill seeped into Spires’s heart.

“Good day, sir,” said Spires, a slight fragility to his voice.

Battersby snorted, pulled his collar high, and marched down the stairs, letting his boots clomp loudly. Spires knew of Lord Battersby’s moods, but there was more to that look than mere grumpiness. Taking a long, deep breath, he walked to Lovelock’s office and knocked on the door before entering. Rain was rattling the window behind Lovelock, and a distant growl of thunder rumbled aloud. Spires stood upright.

“Will that be all for the moment, sir?” he asked calmly.

“That’s all, thank you,” replied Lovelock, a smile still apparent on his face.

“Very good, sir,” said Spires.



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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    It was a sequil worthy of its author. U r AWSOME ms. Milway!

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