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Penny Dolan
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1 Aug 2011

'Once upon a time there was a boy, and they called him Mouse . . . ' That is how the story began when I told it to myself in the long darkness. Of course, it wasn't the whole story, but back then I knew nothing, almost nothing at all . . .

Mouse is unaware of his privileged background: of Epton Towers, the luxurious home in which he was born, and its magnificent surrounding grounds. Instead he lives a happy and carefree life with Hanny and Isaac on Roseberry Farm - until one day when the evil Mr Button threatens Hanny and Isaac and takes Mouse away. Mr Button installs Mouse at grim Murkstone Hall, a school that lives and breathes terror. Can Mouse escape and find his way to his true family again?

A brilliantly evoked tale full of memorable characters, including Nick Tick, the tiny but clever clockmaker, Aunt Indigo and Aunt Violet, two strong-minded seamstresses and washerwomen, and Charlie Punch and his amazing dog Toby. These warm-hearted and generous characters see the plight of Mouse and each in their own way help him towards his destiny. But will they be enough to upset the continual scheming of the villainous Mr Button?

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; Reprint edition (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140880137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408801376
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A Dickensian tale where the evil of the villains is only equalled in volume by the generosity of the various benefactors young Mouse meets after running away from an appalling 19th-century boarding school. His final refuge, a crumbling London theatre, is vividly brought to life in a narrative that never flags' (Independent)

'Penny Dolan unfolds a story that will have her audience captivated from the intriguing cast list that precedes Chapter One to the bittersweet epilogue . . . This is a true page-turner - clearly influenced by the timeless storytelling of Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte, but still very much an original in its own right' (Primary Times)

'A unique and extraordinary book; an old fashioned Dickensian story presented in a very comprehensive, hugely entertaining and delightful way, it will keep the readers hooked until the last page' (The School Librarian)

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An evocative and thrilling tale, set in a richly colourful Dickensian world. With stunning inside illustrations by Peter Bailey

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling tale 25 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The first thing to say about this novel is that it's a very good read. From the first page, where a small boy called Mouse narrowly escapes being pushed out of a fourth floor window by his beastly Uncle Scrope, we are caught up in the adventures of our hero as he weaves his way between the obstacles and enemies that life puts in his way. We are in Dickensian territory here: the book's set in the nineteenth century, the characters have wonderful names like Niddle and Pyeberry ("A pair of cheering chums"), Mr Bulloughby (a headmaster who certainly wouldn't get a very good Ofsted report), and Nick Tick ("A minute but clever clockmaker"); and Mouse, like Oliver and David Copperfield, has many vicissitudes to overcome before he can come into his own.

Unlike Dickens' novels, though, this book is for children. The writing is beautiful, but it serves the purpose of the story, and everything moves along at a good lick. The chracters are colourful and vivid, and, as with Dickens, each has a poweful backstory of his or her own. This, together with the clever plotting and the lightly worn research, make for a richly extured, very satisfying novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic 13 Nov 2010
By H.P.
A perfect gift for the avid 8-11 year old who likes traditional tales well told. Engaging and enjoyable throughout, this story of A Boy Called MOUSE can be compared to David Copperfield and Oliver Twist as the previous reviewer mentions but it is far more pacy and child centred.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of the classics involved 23 Sep 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
When an author writes a tale based on a visit to an old Boarding School you have to hope that the rest of the tale will back up the premise of the original scene without changing flavour or tack. Yet taking that into account, the tale felt that it had dipped into the world of classic literature with hints of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Tom Brown's School days brought together in order to help tell the story of Mouse, the tales hero.

Each brings something to the fore, each when blended together with the characters gives something unique which when added to a whole host of interesting supporting cast members make it something a little different. Finally, with a villain of the Sykes persuasion this could be a tale to help bridge the gaps in your young readers library to the epics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable. 12 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
After seeing the recommendations here I got this book from the library thinking my 8 yr old would enjoy reading it. I, as an adult thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - however it is very long (450 pages; 86 chapters) and I know my 8 yr old is not ready for this yet. He is currently reading short chapter books of about 10 chapters and this is a big leap up from that. I would recommend for age 10+.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A boy called M.O.U.S.E. 25 Sep 2010
By Parents in Touch TOP 500 REVIEWER
As soon as I had read the first page of this story, I was drawn into the life of Mouse. Why did his nurserymaid, Hanny, think he was in danger from Uncle Scrope? Hanny takes Mouse to safety and he loves his new life but he can't escape the evil clutches of Mr Button. He is taken away to a Dickensian boarding school - but why does he find himself in the kitchen? This gripping story takes you into a world of kidnapping, theatre, shipwreck and lots more adventures. the characters, evil villains and faithful friends, will stay in your mind long after you finish reading this wonderfully evocative story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book ive read so far!!! 5 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is amazing! the book has drama laughter crys . its a must read. my 10 year old daughter loved it!!!
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