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?
About 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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The Mousehunter #2: The Curse of Mousebeard
By Milway, Alex
Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersCopyright © 2010 Milway, Alex
All right reserved.
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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It was a sequil worthy of its author. U r AWSOME ms. Milway!