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The Mousehunter by Alex Milway

The Mousehunter

by Alex Milway

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Densely written pirate-like fantasy about hardworking Emiline who dreams of globe- trotting the world as a mousehunter, rather than a “lowly” mousekeeper as she is currently. Hard to get through, with all the fantastic names and destinations. I like the hardworking main character and her relationship with best friend, Scratcher and Portly, (her companion mouse.) ( )
  KHusser | Oct 5, 2010 |
Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadToo.com

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! ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
In a world where there are thousands of species of mice (some useful, some scary, some very rare and precious), Emiline dreams of being a mousehunter and traveling the globe to find new and interesting mice. When she's given the chance to join a privateer ship hunting for the dreaded pirate Mousebeard, she jumps at the chance and so begins her tale of adventure.

An action-packed story with an interesting premise, I only wish the character development and world-building had matched the imaginative mouse development. I'd hand this one to middle-grade fantasy-adventure fans and it'll be a hit with anyone who likes small, furry creatures. A sequel's out in England and I suspect we can eventually expect it here in the states.

Read more on my blog:
http://abbylibrarian.blogspot.com/2009/02/book-review-mousehunter.html ( )
  abbylibrarian | Feb 11, 2009 |
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In Emiline's world, there are thousands of species of mice, some rarer than others. Mousehunters travel the world collecting the rarest and most special breeds, from the wily and deadly Sharpclaw Mouse to the dog-sized Elephant Mouse and the quick-as-lightning Comet Mouse.

For Emiline, a mousekeeper in the employ of wealthy Isiah Lovelock, there is no greater dream than becoming a famous mousehunter. So when she is given the opportunity to join the hunt for the legendary pirate Mousebeard, she sets off on the most dangerous, most thrilling, most swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime.

The Mousehunter is an extremely accessible, dark and thrilling story, featuring original black & white illustrations, maps and character portraits.

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Captain Mousebeard is a feared mousehunting pirate. He seeks out the rarest and most precious breeds of mice to collect and trade. Emeline, a mousekeeper, wants the bounty her master puts on Mousebeard's head. So she heads off to adventure to capture the pirate.… (more)

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