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The Mousehunter Hardcover – February 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mousehunter
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st Us Edition edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316024546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316024549
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,028,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In a world of pirates, spies and greedy mouse collectors, 12-year-old Emiline knows she must fiercely protect what's most important: her pet mouse, Portly; the assortment of mice she tends as mousekeeper; and her friend, Scratcher. Then Emiline gets caught in the middle of a dangerous feud between the most feared pirate on the Seventeen Seas and a wealthy, underhanded mouse collector. Suddenly, everything she holds dear is in danger. Before each chapter, debut author Milway amusingly introduces different species of mice (the Magnetical Mouse, a must for sailors, "has a bulletlike nose that always points due north"). Although some questions remain unanswered (Where are Emiline's parents? Why are mice the animals du jour?), they are easily disregarded as the adventure unfolds and Milway's colorful if unlikely heroes encounter sea serpent–like Graks, Howling Moon Mice and prized but forbidden Golden Mice. Emiline is feisty, clever and loyal, while the pirates she befriends are all bark and little bite. More adventures seem to await Emiline in future books, and readers, having gotten to know the hard-nosed, softhearted pirates and their unusual mice, will be glad. Final illus., also by Milway, not seen by PW. Ages 10–up. (Feb.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—Twelve-year-old Emiline Orelia works for Isiah Lovelock, one of the richest and most powerful mouse collectors in the world. While she tends to his extensive menagerie, she dreams of becoming a mousehunter, traveling the world in search of rare and exotic species. When Lovelock hires Captain Devlin Drewshank to capture the pirate Mousebeard, who sank his merchant ship, Emiline runs away and joins his crew. She and her new friend, Scratcher, find themselves in the midst of Lovelock's plot against Mousebeard. Emiline grows throughout the story in her awareness of the other characters and their motivations, and in her perceptions of the shades of gray between good and evil, as she sees Lovelock as a scheming traitor and finds redeeming qualities in the notorious Mousebeard. Milway has created an atmospheric and engaging world filled with hundreds of varieties of mice with different coloring, temperaments, and abilities. New creatures are introduced both within the text and in pages with information and illustrations from The Mousehunter's Almanac interspersed between chapters. Readers will enjoy the action, chases, and plot twists, and will look forward to the sequel that's sure to follow.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sonja VINE VOICE on January 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have a policy of giving books at least 100 pages to grab me. Sometimes it takes that long and I am happy I put in the effort. I plowed all the way through to 122 pages of The Mousehunter before I closed this one and put it in the donation pile.

I main issue with the book was the superficiality of the characters. For instance, our heroine, Emiline. Here's what I know about her after 100+ pages. She's 12. She's a mousekeeper. She wants to be a mousehunter. That's pretty much it. Do I know why she wants to be a mousehunter? Because it's cool, I guess. This reason is not compelling. Do I know where her parents are? No, definitely not. Do I know anything AT ALL about her family? Nope. Do I know if she has any friends? I think not. Do I know why she doesn't have any friends? No. I could go on and on about the things I don't know about her.

Like so many, I started reading YA fantasy books because of Harry Potter. Now I've read a few series, among them Fablehaven and Percy Jackson. I thought The Mousehunter looked really interesting. I liked it that so much of it took place at sea. I like to sail, and I thought that would make a nice change of scenery. But with no characters to get invested in, to identify with, to *care* about - well, what's the point? There are too many other books to read. For instance, I just started to read "A Wrinkle in Time," which I have never read before. Well, in the first chapter of this book, I felt like I knew Meg: her family, her strange brother, the confusion of a missing father, the insecurities of her appearance and intelligence, the way rage can overtake her despair. Such an interesting character in only the first 20 pages! It's a shame that Milway didn't flesh out his characters like this. Then I would probably still be reading his work.
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By LP King on April 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm a bit shocked this series hasn't had a better following and more reviews. Milway writes an exciting and clever pirate-y adventure with a few mysteries attached. His characters are unique and well-developed. His writing is both descriptive and engaging. The vocabulary is challenging, and there are a few minor swear words (d*** and h***) that are not gratuitously placed. Additionally, he's developed a creative catalog of mouse species for every situation. An advanced 4th grader will enjoy both the human characters in the books and the unusual rodent descriptions, from the "Sharpclaw Mouse" to the "Nosferatu Mouse."

For a more detailed review: another-story4u.blogspot.com
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Format: Hardcover
Twelve-year-old Emiline Orelia is the best mousekeeper in Old Town, but wants more than anything to become a mousehunter.

While she's cleaning the cages of the Blinking Mouse of Bobo and the Rook-winged Mouse of Scarlet Island, she dreams of accomplishing greater things than maintaining mice. Even though she works for Isaiah Lovelock, the most famous mouse collector in the world, there aren't many opportunities to make a name for herself.

When Mousebeard, the fiercest pirate in all seventeen seas, meddles one too many times with Lovelock, her employer hires Devlin Drewshank, a buccaneer, to capture him. Emiline impresses Drewshank with her mousing abilities and wins a place upon his ship. However, instead of starting her own adventure, she gets roped into an exciting but dangerous conspiracy of illegal mouse trading, deadly curses, and lots of double-crossing.

Alex Milway's THE MOUSEHUNTER is a magical romp through pirate ships and brigand-ridden cities. In Old Town, the Dead Collector, Mr. Droob, has an assistant to help take care of all the bodies that wash ashore.

Though this book is filled with mice, there's nothing mousy about it! Milway creates a fantastic world where people live and die for rare breeds of mice. The novel is populated with an eccentric cast of human characters, from the beautiful and manipulative Lady Beatrice Pettifogger to the brilliant and slightly bonkers Algernon Mountjack.

Young readers will love the resourceful and hardworking Emiline, her trusty grey mouse, Portly, and her best friend and fellow mouser, Scratcher. In addition, each chapter is introduced with an entry of Isaiah Lovelock's The Mousehunter's Almanac and features many of Alex Milway's own illustrations.

Five Stars!

Reviewed by: Natalie Tsang
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Format: Hardcover
For years, the legend of the infamous pirate Mousebeard has frightened young children and sailors alike. Few have crossed paths with him without paying a heavy price.

In the maritime community of Old Town, a young girl named Emiline Orelia dreams of becoming a great mousehunter someday. She works as a mousekeeper for the wealthy Isiah Lovelock, bestselling author of The Mousehunter's Almanac. Emiline is dedicated to her occupation, often going beyond the call of duty (such as trudging through the sewers to rescue the Whitewater Mouse of Inglenook that fell in the toilet system), even if the rewards are often few and far between.

All around the Seventeen Seas, mice are as popular as dogs and horses, with many kinds that are beneficial --- such as the Messenger Mouse (which has wings and can fly long distances) and the Magnetical Mouse (which has a nose that acts like a compass) --- and troublesome to humans, like the Nosferatu Mouse. New species are discovered often, making the demand for mice high. As a result, mice hunting and trading are very lucrative on the black market.

By day, Pirate's Wharf is a bustling marketplace for visitors and residents of Old Town, where a gibbet sways as a grim reminder to greedy pirates. By night, however, it is a center of illegal commerce. Only the shady and the reckless dare to venture out after hours, fewer still without protection. So when Mr. Droob --- the local Dead Collector --- pays an unexpected visit to Mr. Lovelock, Emiline knows that something exciting is going on. The Lady Caroline, Lovelock's ship, was sunk by Mousebeard, whose calling card --- a cloth mouse --- was retrieved by Dr. Droob. Furious, Lovelock hires a privateer, Captain Devlin Drewshank, to capture Mousebeard and end his notorious career.
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