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Mousenet (Mousenet Series)

Mousenet (Mousenet Series)

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by Prudence Breitrose, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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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Disney Press
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Mousenet Series
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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Mousenet 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! I hope you do to!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! I totally recomend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it! Awsome!!! Funny!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it is really good. I'm in fith grade and I really like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats up i love this bok its awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining good story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe i can fly because i got shot by the FBI
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recomend for 3-5graders
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is sooooooo good because the mice are like secert peope!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book , i personaly would recamend this book for 5 th graders as my school boneville elementary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was confusing. I liked that it was very realilistic though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ideas were origanal and good but there wasn'tt much action it was mainly emotion stuff and not much action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
I love love love love love love this book !!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dont get this book you havent lived
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mousenet is sooooooooo awesome!!!!!!!!!! I recomend this book for everyone. If you haven't read Mousenet then you haven't lived!!! Megan and her uncle construct the tiniest computer in the world, the Thumbtop, perfect for mice. A couple of mice are hitch-hiking with Megan to try and get their hand- I mean paws, on the Thumbtop. A talking mouse named Trey makes contact with Megan, and the plan for a mass production of Thubtops begins!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny book
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.