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Tween Tuesday: Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Animal Stories/Historical

Release Date: 10/13/2011

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About the Book: Did you know mice in houses and wear clothes and take the family name of the family they live with? The mouse Cranstons live within the walls of the human Cranston family home. When the human Cranstons decide to travel to England to find a husband for one of their daughters, the mice Cranstons decide they must follow their humans and travel over the scary sea as well. As the mice try to secretly help their humans out on their adventure, they have adventures and romance of their own!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: If you're looking for historical fiction ala Downton Abbey, Secrets at Sea would fit that need-and would be perfect for tweens who are fans of the BBC show along with their parents. (I've had a few tween fans come into my library-they do exist!)

The story is a humorous historical fiction with a twist because the entire story is told from the point of view of the mice. Yet it's still a story about society, class distinctions and marriage. This could be a great introduction into the turn of the century for tweens-the story is very accessible for younger readers. The cast of characters  is wonderful-the eldest mouse daughter who is proper and takes care of everyone, the younger brother who gets swept up in adventure easily, the middle daughters who sneak off to "talk" to the humans and who don't follow the rules-each character is charming and lovable and you'll wish that the mouse Cranstons were real!

A very fun adventure for the whole family!

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook checked out from my library.


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  1. A tween Downton Abbey? That sounds awesome! I reviewed The One and Only Ivan today for Tween Tuesday: http://librariansbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-review-one-and-only-ivan-by.html

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