Helena is big-sister mouse to three younger siblings, living a snug and well-fed life within the ancient walls of the Cranston family home. When the Cranston humans decide to sail away to England to find a husband for one of their daughters, the Cranston mice stow away in the name of family solidarity. And so begins the scamper of their lives as Helena, her siblings, and their humans set sail on a life-changing voyage into the great world of titled humans...?nd titled mice, with surprise endings for all. The masterful Richard Peck brings all of his talents to this tale of two branches of an American family, set on the eve of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. There are plenty of laughs and thrills, and of course there's a ship's cat, too. Will our Cranston heroes squeak by, or will they go entirely overboard?
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by Richard Parker
by Richard Grant
by Richard Powers
by Richard Selzer
by Richard Ford
by Mark Richard
by Richard Hilliard
by Richard S. Wheeler
by Richard A. Knaak
by Richard Paul Evans
"The upstairs Cranstons, who are human, prepare for a voyage to Europe to find a husband for daughter Olivia, and, surprisingly, the downstairs Cranstons, who are mice, find themselves going on the same outing. Advised by a wise relative that the way to keep one's family together is to open one's arms, eldest mouse Helena embraces the mores of Victorian society as she keeps her siblings in line onboard ship. Who knows who will find a husband! Jayne Entwistle excels in characterization. Her "Ello, ello" of cabin steward Nigel has all of the British twang expected. As the Duchess of Cheddar Gorge, Entwistle is regal; as flappable Mrs. Cranston, dithering. As narrator, Entwistle is clipped but clear, enabling Peck's attention to details--such as a tea service of thimbles set on a penny, guest lists in elegant script on cream-colored vellum--to shine. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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