Mousenet

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When ten-year-old Megan helps her uncle invent the Thumbtop, the world's smallest computer, mice are overjoyed, and they want one for every mouse hole.

The Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, has orders: follow that girl-even if it means high-tailing it to Megan's new home on the other side of the country. While Megan struggles as the new girl, the mice wait for their chance. But when they tell Megan the biggest secret in the history of the world-mice have evolved, and they ...

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Overview

When ten-year-old Megan helps her uncle invent the Thumbtop, the world's smallest computer, mice are overjoyed, and they want one for every mouse hole.

The Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, has orders: follow that girl-even if it means high-tailing it to Megan's new home on the other side of the country. While Megan struggles as the new girl, the mice wait for their chance. But when they tell Megan the biggest secret in the history of the world-mice have evolved, and they need her help-she isn't sure anyone will believe her. With all of Mouse Nation behind her, Megan could become the most powerful girl alive, but just how will she create a Thumptop for every mouse?

Brought to life with whimsical illustrations, Prudence Breitrose's debut novel is full of charm and adventure and will captivate today's computer-savvy middle-graders.

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Ten-year-old Megan is happy when she and her uncle complete the construction of the world's smallest computer. But thousands of little critters also share their joy: The citizens of Mouse Nation know that with this tiny device, they will finally be able to exercise all their radically evolved skills. What happens next will not only bring Megan and the adorable rodents; it will help solve relationship and planetary problems both close and far. A whimsical, charming story that even parents can resist.

Publishers Weekly
First-time novelist Breitrose takes the familiar “mouse story” genre into the 21st century with this lighthearted tale of 10-year-old Megan and her collaboration with the Mouse Nation, a network of highly intelligent mice who make regular use of human technology. The author envisions a humorous parallel world of mice who could “e-mail each other... post news about themselves on MouseBook, blog, and check facts in Whiskerpedia.” After Megan’s uncle invents a tiny Thumbtop computer, the perfect size for a mouse, Megan becomes the target of the tech-savvy mice, led by the Big Cheese, and is assigned a talking mouse called TM3 (later renamed Trey), who attempts to persuade Megan to deliver this technology. The relationship between Megan and Trey is strong, though other characters are less developed and the story can be convoluted, with multiple cross-country trips, Megan signing a treaty with the mice on behalf of humanity, and an environmental undercurrent to boot. But the strong-willed heroine and enthusiastically imagined world of computer-literate mice result in an amusing adventure. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Mice are ready to take over the world and this is not a bad thing. The mice in this book are cheerful, smart, and working for the powers of good. The problem is they need the right equipment. When an inventor and his niece Megan create the smallest computer ever—a machine described as a "thumbtop" for humans—the mice are ready. This machine is their size, and with it, they can reach their potential. So how do they convince the humans to build more? Mousenet is an adventure following 10-year-old Megan's interaction with kids in her life and the mice who find a way to communicate. The story has a strong underlying message about conservation and global climate change, but the message is well embedded in the book and does not become preachy. Computer inclined kids will enjoy the images of building better and smaller—much, much smaller—machines. Mostly this is a fun and unusual romp. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—After two years on a wilderness island with her scientist mother, Megan Miller, 10, returns to Cleveland a bit wild and unkempt. She receives a welcome-home gift of the world's smallest computer from her Uncle Fred, its inventor. Although the Thumbtop is a little small for human fingers, the Mouse Nation is determined to get one for each of its members. When Megan's mother must work in Australia, she sends Megan to Oregon to live with her busy father and her new stepmom (who thinks she needs a makeover). Adding to Megan's stress are the kids at her new school, who shun her because she is different. Megan finds a friend in Trey, the mouse team leader who can speak English. He contacts her at night and, using a computer presentation, shares the secret of how the Mouse Nation evolved in Silicon Valley and set up its own version of the Internet. In return for her getting them Thumbtops, the mice promise to help Megan, her family, and even the planet. Breitrose spins an enjoyable tale as she explores the nature of friendship, highlighting the timeless themes of individuality and respect for those who are different, and introduces a good mix of memorable characters and contemporary problems. Yue's illustrations throughout are suitably charming. Although the tale is not as complex or allegorical as Kate DiCamillo's Tale of Despereaux (Candlewick, 2003), Avi's "Poppy" series (HarperCollins), or Robert C. O'Brien's "Mrs. Frisby" books (Atheneum), the novel offers mouse lovers action and suspense, and its readability makes it a good choice for those moving up from formulaic series like Geronimo Stilton's books (Scholastic) to more complex stories.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY
Kirkus Reviews
What if computer mice meant something more exciting than tech accessories—something that could change the world? Ten-year-old Megan, returning from a two-year trip, learns that her uncle's invented a miniscule computer. It's delightful but impractical, so Uncle Fred lets Megan take it to her dad's house. Stowing away in Megan's suitcase, tracking that invaluable Thumbtop computer, are three mice. Unbeknownst to people, mice worldwide are "right up there with humans, give or take a few things like thumbs and bank accounts." They post on MouseBook, peruse Whiskerpedia and speak sophisticated Mouse Sign Language. But snatching computer time from humans is unwieldy, requiring elevated mice to dangle others from ropes so they can hit chosen keys without stepping on the whole keyboard. Needed, per decree of Mouse Nation's leader: a Thumbtop in every mousehole! Breitrose gently sprinkles her clean, funny prose with literary references (The Tale of Despereaux; Robert Burns, when plans gang a-gley) and adapted sayings (WWAWMD: What Would A Wild Mouse Do?). Yue's black-and-white illustrations hold an unassuming sweetness. A specially-trained talking mouse approaches Megan to orchestrate an unprecedented two-species treaty. What does Megan want? Nothing less than help reversing climate change. The way these mice get around, they just might pull it off. Genuine goodwill, humor and impressive believability will have readers longing for mice as friends—not to mention political allies. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423127611
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Series: A Mousenet Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 206,998
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Prudence Breitrose grew up in the part of England where Winnie the Pooh once roamed, but now lives in California. She worked as a health education writer until she had a dream that confused computer mice with the real thing. That got her started on this novel, which is her first. Visit her and Mouse Clan 1578 at www.mousenet.org.

Stephanie Yue is a transplant from Atlanta, Beijing, and Hong Kong. She studied illustration in New York City, and currently shares a home with a hamster in Providence, RI. When she's not drawing, you may find her zipping around on a scooter, training in martial arts, and pretending to be a superhero. More of her work can be found at www.jellycity.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    This is a must read!

    I really liked this book! I hope you do to!!! :)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Awesome!!!

    I love this book so much! I totally recomend it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Reviewed by Ben Toth, title: awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love it! Awsome!!! Funny!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Hey

    Whats up i love this bok its awesome!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    the best

    My favorite book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Awesome

    Very entertaining good story!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Good

    Funny book

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Unoun

    I read this book and it is really good. I'm in fith grade and I really like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Ten year old Meg

    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

    Ten year old Megan Miller and her mother have just spent a wild time on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. They now return to Cleveland, Ohio, where Megan has a very tough adjustment to school. To make matters worse, her mother gets an unexpected job in Australia and Megan is sent to Seattle to spend six months with her father and his new wife. Megan's adjustment there is even worse than in Ohio. She is teased unmercifully and has no motivation to try to fit in. But then, she discovers a community of friends in the most unlikely of places. The Mouse Nation has come across the miniature computer made by Megan's uncle and they develop a plan to have Megan lead the push to get "a computer in every mouse hole." When you add talking mice and a nosy neighbor boy, you have the making of a nifty little adventure story for mid-grade readers.

    The characters in this adventure are believable and true to character. They have age-appropriate thoughts, emotions and actions. When called upon to assist humankind, they are up to the cause. When faced with adversity, they fail to yield. They are sturdy and loveable children! In an age in which sci-fi characters and violence are commonplace, it is refreshing to read a story about real people and real issues. At times, I did feel the environmental issue became a bit pushy, but overall, this novel was both a delight and a welcome addition to the world of child literature.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Awsome

    Recomend for 3-5graders

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Almost as good as " Doctor Who"

    The mice are so cute! If I were Megan, I would want to have Trey and The Cleveland guys as my best friends! I also want to go around traveling with the Doctor in the TARDIS, but that's not ever going to happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    This book is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think this book is sooooooo good because the mice are like secert peope!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Mousnet

    Very good book , i personaly would recamend this book for 5 th graders as my school boneville elementary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    The book was confusing. I liked that it was very realilistic th

    The book was confusing. I liked that it was very realilistic though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    I love the book!It's kind of like a spy book because of what the

    I love the book!It's kind of like a spy book because of what the mice do and I love that!Also,who would of had an idea to come up with the thumb top?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    The ideas were origanal and good but there wasn'tt much action i

    The ideas were origanal and good but there wasn'tt much action it was mainly emotion stuff and not much action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Mousenet was a very complex and twisted book. It had many twiste

    Mousenet was a very complex and twisted book. It had many twisted and turns. It had you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.
    I would recommend Mousenet for people wanting a creative and adventurous book. I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    I loved the book. At first I thought it was silly but then I rea

    I loved the book. At first I thought it was silly but then I really got into. It was funnt, intresting, and diffrent. It was like mouse on the motercycle. I didn't like how people were mean to her at first. Other than that it was an amazing book!!!!!!! I definetly recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    I love this book! It`s about a troubled 10 year old girl who has

    I love this book! It`s about a troubled 10 year old girl who has trouble adapting to her new life. She goes to see her father after her mother gets an unexpected trip to Austrailia. I don`t want to spoil it.. but all I want to say for now is that I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Emazing!

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