The Song of the Winns: The Spies of Gerander

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After discovering their parents are still alive and their homeland of Gerander is in danger, mouse triplets Alistair, Alice, and Alex, and their friend Tibby Rose, have joined the underground rebel organization FIG. In quick measure, FIG orders Alex and Alice go undercover in Souris to infiltrate Queen Eugenia's palace while Alistair and Tibby Rose are sent to discover Gerander's secret paths, which may be the key Gerandans need to triumph and for the triplets to rescue their ...

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After discovering their parents are still alive and their homeland of Gerander is in danger, mouse triplets Alistair, Alice, and Alex, and their friend Tibby Rose, have joined the underground rebel organization FIG. In quick measure, FIG orders Alex and Alice go undercover in Souris to infiltrate Queen Eugenia's palace while Alistair and Tibby Rose are sent to discover Gerander's secret paths, which may be the key Gerandans need to triumph and for the triplets to rescue their parents.

Enemy spies, attacking eagles, and blizzarding mountaintops seem all the more challenging when there is a lack of good cheese available, but these four young mice respond with endless creativity and determination. Cheeky and entertaining, The Spies of Gerander is an action filled sequel to the first book in The Song of the Winns series, The Secret of the Ginger Mice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews
"A breathless plot . . . carr[ies] the resilient, endearing mice to a surprise ending. . . . An animated sequel that does not disappoint."

Charlotte’s Library blog
“These books are very upper elementary friendly—the adventures are exciting, the plot twists and mysteries interesting, and the young mice are sympathetic characters. It's told lightly and briskly; serious matters are dealt with straightforwardly, but the truly dark happenings of this world, that the young mice are themselves only gradually become aware of, are off-page. Here's what I appreciated—the mice kids were kids, and behaved as such. They are smart and brave enough to make fine protagonists, but they were not preternaturally gifted! Here's what I also appreciated—there were good, kind people who happened to be in the enemy army. Yay for avoiding black and white dichotomies in fantasy for kids!”

That’s Another Story blog
“This was an exciting adventure, with lots of plot twists and turns. I loved the distinctive personalities of the mice, and especially Alice’s ingenious ways to get them out of sticky situations.”

Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog
“Full of warm, clean humor and whippet-quick wit, Frances Watts’ new trilogy will effortlessly charm readers and adventurers alike.”

Midwest Book Review
The Spies of Gerander has all the powerful attraction of other hero mice stories like The Secret of NIH and will lock down its middle school readers in a page turning marathon. There is something of the flavor of Watership Down in this epic fantasy full of mini-mice heroes and heroines, and even something extra in the piquant humor…A firmly established audience will be excited to devour this latest installment in a mini-mice epic fantasy.”

Praise for The Song of the Winns, Book 1: The Secret of the Ginger Mice:

Kirkus Reviews
“These latest mouse heroes promise more ripping, gripping mystery and adventure.”

Publishers Weekly
"…a winning adventure…"

School Library Journal
“Narrow escapes and plot twists abound, with almost every chapter ending in a nail-biting cliff-hanger. The suspenseful tone and accessible, polished writing will doubtless keep readers turning the pages. The conclusion is thoroughly satisfying, yet it is clear that many more obstacles face these mice before their story truly comes to an end. Fans of Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel) as well as action and adventure aficionados will devour this book and eagerly await the next installment in the series.”

"Nicely sets the stage for book two

Australian Bookseller & Publisher, 5 stars"…a real treat … laced with plenty of adventure, wisdom and humour…This is a terrific read"

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Alistair, Alice, and Alex are mouse triplets from the country of Gerander. Along with their Uncle Ebenezer, Aunt Beezer, and friend Tibby Rose, they set out to find their parents, FIG agents who have been captured by the enemy mice from the country of Souris. Alistair believes the secret to finding his parents lies on a map of secret tunnels that is on a scarf his mother gave him. They travel to FIG headquarters to obtain more information. Before long, the children are sent on separate dangerous secret missions. Alistair and Tibby Rose are sent with the FIG agents Slippers Pink and Feast Thompson to find the triplet's parents and help them escape from behind enemy lines. While they search for the secret tunnels, they are met by an unexpected visitor. In addition, as they get closer to their goal, they encounter another surprise that could get them killed! Meanwhile, Alice and Alex must disguise themselves and go behind enemy lines to obtain facts about their enemies. They find out information that is so important that it will change the way their kingdom is ruled! Trying to get back to their headquarters to report the details, they are betrayed by someone who they trust. This thrilling book is full of twists and turns that keep readers wondering how the mice are going to accomplish their missions and what will happen next, right up until the surprise ending. This intriguing book is book two in "The Song of the Winns" series. It would be a fun one for teachers to read to their class. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
Kirkus Reviews
Four stalwart mice return in this second book of The Song of the Winns, risking their lives as spies to help liberate Gerander from oppressive neighboring Souris. In The Secret of the Ginger Mice (2012), triplets Alex, Alice and Alistair and their friend, Tibby Rose, discovered their Gerandan roots and Free and Independent Gerander, a resistance organization dedicated to restoring Gerander's independence. The triplets also learned their missing parents were FIG operatives, imprisoned on Atticus Island. Arriving at FIG headquarters, the four mice receive dangerous undercover assignments. Alistair and Tibby Rose must find a network of ancient tunnels in northern Gerander near the source of the Winns River and, they hope, rescue Alistair's parents. Meanwhile, Alex and Alice will pose as Sourian servants to infiltrate the palace in Gerander's capital city and gather information useful to FIG. Both pairs use their wits and bravado to survive serial perils, only to find that someone in FIG has betrayed them. A breathless plot alternates between Alistair and Tibby Rose's quest and Alex and Alice's spy activities, carrying the resilient, endearing mice to a surprise ending and ensuring their key role in the future fight to save Gerander. Delicate pen-and-ink spot art memorializes chapter details. An animated sequel that does not disappoint. (map) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—In The Secret of the Ginger Mice (Running Pr., 2012), Alex, Alice, and Alistair learn that their family actually hails from Gerander, which has long been oppressed by the nation of Souris. Furthermore, their parents, rather than having been killed in an accident, are alive, albeit in a Sourian prison. In this second installment, the triplets are determined to help Gerander fight for freedom, embarking on dangerous missions to aid the country's cause. Alex and Alice act as spies, and Alistair and his friend Tibby Rose—along with two adult operatives—attempt to rescue the triplets' parents. Weighing in at more than 300 pages, this is not a book for reluctant readers. Besides its length, there's also a robust cast and a plot that deals with the political machinations between Souris and Gerander. But patient readers will be rewarded-at the halfway mark, the pages start to fly. At this point, the young heroes and heroines narrowly escape death and capture in almost every chapter, and treacherous characters start to show their true colors, making for an extremely compelling and absorbing read. As with the first book, the ending has a fantastic catharsis, yet the conflict between Souris and Gerander isn't over yet. Though this may be a title that collects dust on the shelf, it certainly has the feel of a classic work of children's literature. Try hand-selling it to your best readers.—Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762446582
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Edition description: Vol. 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 982,430
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Watts is an Australian children's book author. She is the winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia's Eve Pownall Award for her book Parsley Rabbit's Book About Books. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

David Francis began his career as an exhibiting artist, and his works are held in many collections. He illustrated the Australian CBC Honor Book Ten Little Known Facts About Hippopotamuses and collaborated with author Margaret Wild to create the much-loved Morris the Reinbear. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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