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Length: 321 pages
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Gr 4–8—Fiedler reinvigorates the "small but courageous mouse" literary trope with this captivating animal fantasy set in the subway tunnels of modern-day Brooklyn, NY. Hopper escapes from a pet shop and tumbles into the subterranean rat empire of Romanus. Aided by his new friend Zucker, rascal prince of the rat empire, he longs to find his missing siblings and understand his role in a war between Romanus and the mysterious Mus tribe. Good and evil are not as they seem, and through careful structure and rounded characterizations, Fiedler keeps readers engaged, revealing important plot details at just the right moment and using varying sentence lengths to great dramatic effect. Rich vocabulary and sly references to New York sports history (Dodger, Ebbets, Rangers) add depth. Older readers may pick up on hints about government control and the dangers of trading freedom for safety. In the end, the stage is amply set for book two as Hopper seeks to reunite with his found-yet-lost-again siblings and explore his destiny as the rodent world's "Promised One." Mouseheart will please fans of novels by Erin Hunter, Brian Jacques, and Kathryn Lasky.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

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“Sword-wielding rats, feline palace guards, and rebel mice fill this adventure with imagination and heart…. For those who love an underdog and some romping good battles, Fiedler thoroughly entertains.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Captivating and cunning, Mouseheart is the next great adventure. Mouseheart is the first in the series which promises to deliver grand adventure and great storytelling. Hopper is one little mouse who roars! Readers who loved Jacques' Redwall series and Hunter's Warrior series will love this new series." (ABookAndAHug.com)

“Riddled with surprises, the fast-paced, complex plot features a host of vivid, memorable rodent and feline characters. Black-and-white illustrations capture key events. Another stalwart mouse with a brave heart will win fans in this captivating underground adventure.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[A] captivating animal fantasy set in the subway tunnels of modern-day Brooklyn, NY. Mouseheart will please fans of novels by Erin Hunter, Brian Jacques, and Kathryn Lasky." (School Library Journal)

"The underground world and mix of intrigue, prophecy, and betrayal bring to mind Suzanne Collins’ Gregor the Overlander series....Fans of Brian Jacques’ Redwall Abbey series may enjoy this modern adaptation of rodent politics and warfare." (Booklist)

"A tiny, new hero has arrived! [A] Braveheart-style epic adventure...The story also emphasizes love and loyalty, and provides clear examples of mercy and restraint." (Christian Library Journal)

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  • File Size: 14925 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FNVSS1Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2014
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"Mouseheart" is an intense, imaginative story encompassing totalitarian societies, relocation camps, and rebellion. Parents who expect Lisa Fiedler's novel, recommended for ages 8 - 12 years old, to exude charm and humor may be disappointed in this book's theme and content. However, those seeking novels that can provide lessons based on history and more complex, erudite writing than is often found in books for the targeted age group may like this novel. Fiedler's description of learning to read as being given the key to a secret code is lovely; the majority of "Mouseheart" is, however, not as light or inspirational.

Hopper, a mouse for sale in a pet shop, his sister Pinkie and little brother Pup escape when the store owner opens their cage. Separated from one another on the streets of Brooklyn, Hopper finds himself in subterranean environs. Rescued by the rat Prince Zucker, Hopper is taken to the city Atlantia. There, Zucker introduces Hopper to the Emperor Titus who is Zucker's father. Hopper is puzzled by graffiti telling citizens to beware of "Mus"; this becomes an integral part of the story as the book progresses. Hopper begins to succumb to the life in Atlantia and to believe Emperor Titus is a benevolent ruler seeking to relocate mice and other small rodents from refugee camps to new homes. Only as the action progresses, does Hopper begin to realize he has not seen the truth or recognized the reality of what is happening.

"Mouseheart" is filled with images of violence and bloodshed. Beginning in the prologue where the cat Cyclone becomes Cyclops due to his eye being pierced by an iron bar through the final chapter in which Zucker learns his mother was "dispatched" with the latest group of colonists, "Mouseheart" is dark and filled with disturbing images.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Just Trying to Help TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2014
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Mouseheart is a well written book with a storyline that younger readers will likely enjoy more than older readers.

Unfortunately, I was a bit turned off from the very beginning when one of the cats hits a fence and "blood gushes from his eye socket". Despite this garish wound, the mouse prince is still able to parley with the cat and secure future ability to come and go as he pleases. I think that the blood gushing part could have been left out entirely, if anything, it should have made parley impossible.

Fortunately, the book divulges this darker side right from the beginning, and I commend the author for doing so and not leaving it until the middle or the end.

This book is filled with this sort of drama. I haven't read the "redwall" books which this is supposed to be similar to, but my daughter does read the Warriors manga series. I found this book to be more violent than what she's reading now.

No doubt this will make a great animated movie, and in this case, I think the movie will probably be better than the book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lizz A. Belle VINE VOICE on March 18, 2014
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When I was a younger kid, I was reading books beyond my age group. I am a huge fan of clever rodent stories, as I have mentioned in other reviews, namely Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. I am always searching for something that gives me the curiosity and wonder I felt when reading that book, which is why I picked up Mouseheart in the first place.

That being said, this book is very violent. As another person has mentioned, the scene where the cat guard Cyclone becomes Cyclops had me rather disturbed. I realize that in the animal world, it is every rat or mouse for themselves but this story seemed to thrive on making the reader uncomfortable. When we learn the real purpose for Atlantia's refugee camps, which you can figure out before the big reveal, it is rather bothersome.

I also found Hopper to be a disappointing hero. He seems to understand all these things far beyond the pet shop, yet expresses gross naiveté for most of the story when it comes to things that really matter.

The story is about a mouse (Hopper) who escapes the pet shop and leaves his tiny brother behind. After getting swept into the sewer and separated from his sister, he meets Zucker, a prince who is dissatisfied with his royal father's ways. Zucker and Hopper become friends and Hopper gets treated like royalty by Zucker's father the emperor for nefarious reasons. Mixed in with this are the dreaded "Mus" alleged savage beasts (actually, they are just mice) and you have the rat crusaders who are against the emperor and viewed as traitors tossed into the fray as well. There is much fighting and bloodshed between all these groups as well as the felines with whom the emperor has aligned himself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Morris VINE VOICE on June 19, 2014
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The adult in me loved this book. But I can't think of too many kids I would recommend this to despite the "Warriors" comparison. And yet parts of it are more children-centered than for adults. Which leaves the burning question of "Who is supposed to read this book?"

Beneath the streets of New York lives a mice and rat civilization that may or may not be on the brink of revolution when it is revealed the rats' peaceful coexistence with local cats isn't as peaceful and innocent as it may seem. This drama is set up in the lives of several factions that are quite impressive as far as world-building goes. Awesome, charming. Bring on the adventure and danger. As well as the... gore. Think "Redwall" very much here, with plotting and stabbing and other promises of death.This book is just too violent and terrifying for the child audience.

The writing is solid enough, and I can't say enough good about the plot--it's almost geek-worthy. Yet it doesn't seem to be quite for older readers nor for kids. But unless you really are a child-at-heart or are a child that can handle some surprisingly violent scenes, this is hard to recommend.
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