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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: A Mousenet Book
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423174127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423174127
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 3-5-In order to spread the word about climate change, mice have created and perfected tiny computers called Thumbtops. Humans Megan, her cousin Joey, and her Uncle Fred have great summer jobs at the plant that makes the technology. There's just one problem. The organization, W.A.T.C.H. (We're Against the Climate Hoax), is upset that someone has been spreading "lies" about climate change and they are determined to bring them down. The organization learns that mice, along with Megan and her Uncle Fred, are somehow involved. Inside the Mouse Nation, one or more of the mice have spilled most of the crackers in exchange for a reward. Now the animals and the humans are trying to escape the organization's clutches, and the Big Cheese (the leader of the mice) suspects Megan and her uncle of betrayal. Can they clear their names? Although it is a little preachy, this story teaches an important lesson. The characters are likable, strong, and well developed, and the plot is simple, but well done. The illustrations are detailed and complement the text. Readers who liked Mousenet (Hyperion, 2011) and enjoy fantasy, animal books, and adventure will appreciate this novel.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Gr 3-5 In order to spread the word about climate change, mice have created and perfected tiny computers called Thumbtops. Humans Megan, her cousin Joey, and her Uncle Fred have great summer jobs at the plant that makes the technology. There's just one problem. The organization, W.A.T.C.H. (We're Against the Climate Hoax), is upset that someone has been spreading "lies" about climate change and they are determined to bring them down. The organization learns that mice, along with Megan and her Uncle Fred, are somehow involved. Inside the Mouse Nation, one or more of the mice have spilled most of the crackers in exchange for a reward. Now the animals and the humans are trying to escape the organization's clutches, and the Big Cheese (the leader of the mice) suspects Megan and her uncle of betrayal. Can they clear their names? Although it is a little preachy, this story teaches an important lesson. The characters are likable, strong, and well developed, and the plot is simple, but well done. The illustrations are detailed and complement the text. Readers who liked Mousenet (Hyperion, 2011) and enjoy fantasy, animal books, and adventure will appreciate this novel. Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT—SLJ

In this charming sequel to Mousenet (2011), mice who use tiny Thumbtop computers need some rescuing by the very few humans who know that mice have evolved. Everything's going fine at Planet Mouse, the mostly mouse-staffed factory that manufactures Thumbtops in Cleveland. Thumbtops are critical for Operation Cool It, Mouse Nation's plan to stop climate change. These mice have no special powers -only sophisticated brains and regular 21st-century technology (if very small)-so when they hear of a threat to (literally) exterminate Mouse Nation headquarters in Silicon Valley, 11-year-old Megan and her uncle Fred rush to California. Carefully protecting the secrecy of the intelligent mice, they drive an RV holding 2,243 mice up through Oregon, pursued by a mysterious truck. One not-too-bright mouse offers sensitive information to climate-change deniers in exchange for an Amazon gift certificate to buy a sparkly pink dress. The text chides her girlieness and fondness for "chick flicks"; action films, conversely, are lauded, and action-movie stars help save the day. Credulity strains sometimes-the Rocky Mountain valley that's home to mercenary climate-change deniers is, coincidentally, right next to Megan's mom's summer job, and the ending is too neat-but Mouse Nation's efficient, rational society, from Mouse Sign Language to legal proceedings, remains enchantingly believable. Closing the book, readers may wonder: Will these mice return, and can they really stop climate change? They will hope so. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)—Kirkus

In this follow-up to Mousenet (Disney-Hyperion, 2011), Megan, Joey, the adults, and the mice in their lives drive across country to save the mouse nation. In this series, some mice can speak and use their thumbtops to send emails. Someone is trying to sabotage their work to end climate change, and it is up to Megan and her mice friends to save it. The crew travel across country, trying to get to a secret camp where movie stars are educated about climate change. Filled with amusing word choices and plays on words, this is a fun read that allows one to imagine what it might be like to talk and interact with the little rodents. Carl Harvey II, School Librarian, North Elementary School, Noblesville, Indiana [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] Recommended—Library Media Connection

More About the Author

Prudence Breitrose was born in England (as Prudence Martin) but now lives on the campus of Stanford University, where her husband is a professor in the Department of Communication. They have two children: Charlie and Becky.

Prudence went to Girton College, Cambridge where she co-edited the student magazine Granta. She began her career in journalism, with stints in television, a newspaper, and children's magazines. In California she switched to health education writing, mostly persuading the public not to get heart disease. She began writing Mousenet in 2000 after a dream that confused computer mice with the real thing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelley F. Fishkin on February 1, 2014
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Mousemobile is a worthy sequel to Mousenet, which was a tour de force. Mousemobile is great fun -- a witty, lively page-turner that would be a delight to read aloud to a child. My nieces loved the book. I did, too. Prudence Breitrose has crafted believable and interesting characters, and has constructed a plot filled with humor, danger, and the unexpected. This is wonderful book that anyone of any age could enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Martin on January 11, 2014
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This book is a wonderful mix of allegory and fast moving plot that, even though it is written for young people, I really enjoyed. The mice are well organized, but have to deal with a traitor in their midst. Their tactics for dealing with the problem offer a model for humans. The dialog is lively and the writing is enriched with a warm sense of humor. The ideal birthday present.
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By PC on November 11, 2014
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After getting a mysterious call from the mouse-in-chief, Megan and the gang run to the rescue of the mouse nation who seem to have a spy in their midst. Cramming the whole mouse nation into an RV, everyone is on the run as they try to figure out who is following them and who the spy is, and no one, mouse or human, is beyond suspicion.

I know that this is a children's book, but I have to judge it harshly because despite the fact that there is a decent story in this book, the author's ideals are childish. The end conflict of the book is resolved with the lesson that “if you vote for the protection of the environment, everything will turn out ok”, and what bothers me about this is that by the time a child has reached voting age, they are not going to care that a book told them to vote one way or another. If the author explained why the reader should care for the environment and how to find joy in the natural world, then she could have at least given the reader a reason to vote to protect the environment.

I am also put off by part of the end where a guilty but remorseful mouse is treated to a far nicer punishment than what could be expected for the same offense in the US and the main characters agree that that “just wouldn't work for humans.” If compassion only works for mice and not humans, then I certainly hope mice rise to succeed man when he is finished wiping himself out.

There is one thing that I liked about this book and that is the subtle encouragement for the reader to learn Sign Language, however, taking the free ASL course at the library would be far more persuading and entertaining. As far as teaching a child to appreciate the environment, I think Ms.Frisby and the Rats of NIMH does a better job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Camila Ulloa on January 20, 2014
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Great book!!!!!! It has drama and surprising events and a tiny touch of mischief all mixed into one.
This book - I guarantee you will make you not want to put it down until the end. Such a wonderful book should be awarded trophies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2013
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The sequel to mouse net, this is equally entertaining and great read... I read the first because my daughter read it and bought the second to read more of this entertainng story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Levin on February 21, 2014
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My son, age 10, (who isn't a fan of reading) couldn't put this book down. We can't wait for the next one in the series.
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