Under the streets of Brooklyn lies the vibrant kingdom of Atlantia, complete with a royal family and sword-wielding knights, and even guard cats. Above ground, Hopper and his siblings live in a pet shop under the care of the Keeper. When the store mice learn they are soon to be snake food, they succeed in pulling off a daring escape.
Unfortunately, timid Hopper gets separated from the others, ending up in the subway tunnels about to be squashed by a train. Saved by Prince Zucker, Hopper is introduced to glamorous life at court. But Hopper quickly learns that Atlantia may not be the utopia it claims to be. When he's captured by a group of rebel mice, known as the Mus, he sees a different face of the kingdom.
As a rebellion is about erupt, whom is Hopper to trust? Will he find his courage, meet his destiny, and stand up for what he believes is right?
Middle grade readers (and adults!) will love Mouseheart, an exciting start to a new adventure series. Author Lisa Fielder has created a rich world with a deep history and great characters. Boys and girls alike will fall for Hopper, wanting him to discover his strength and do the right thing. Although a chapter book, the novel includes charming pencil drawings by Vivienne To, which bring the action to life. (Click the image to see it full size.)
For more about Mouseheart and to read an excerpt and see more drawings, visit the Simon & Schuster's website. A dedicated Mouseheart website, with bonus material, games, and more, will go live when the book is released on May 20. For even more news and to keep up with the adventure, be sure to follow SimonKIDS on Twitter and/or search for the tag #Mouseheart and like them on Facebook.
The Giveaway. Thanks to Simon & Schuster, I'm able to offer one of my readers with a U.S. mailing address a terrific three-book prize pack.The lucky winner will receive a copy of Mouseheart along with two other fun middle grade books: The Search for Wondla and Belly Up.
All you have to do win this awesome prize pack is to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on May 23. After the winner has been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer. Good luck!