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Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She has received countless honors including two Newbery Medals for Number the Stars and The Giver. She divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusettts, and a farmhouse in Falmouth, Maine. Visit her website at Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit, and a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies, and now makes his dynamic Houghton debut with these illustrations. He lives in a suburb of Chicago. Visit his website at


"This gently Christian piece with Rohmann's earnest pencil illustrations will please talking-animal fans."--Kirkus
"An impeccably constructed, good-humored adventure filled with master plans, near disasters, and brave rescues, all gently frightening for readers even younger than the target audience. Lowry creates a cozy church environment of lenient sextons, disheveled organists, and skittish Altar Guild ladies, from a mouse's point-of-view. Fun and lighthearted."--Publishers Weekly

"Lowry gilds her story with quaint details, extended in Rohmann's charming spot and full-page illustrations, which reinforce the comedy and action and further develop the memorable characters. With touches of surprise and a satisfyingly predictable resolution, this is a strong choice for both classroom sharing and independent reading."--Booklist

Gr 2-5-Hildegarde is a church mouse, but not just any church mouse. She is the Mouse Mistress of her thriving colony at Saint Bartholomew's, charged with the safety and security of all the mice there. They're safe as long as they remain hidden. But should the size of their community become known, the "Great X" is sure to happen again-a devastating fate for all concerned. Hildegarde's normal worrying about the upcoming blessing of the animals (including an unfortunate number of cats coming into the church) is soon complicated by mouse sightings that lead to their worst fears. Can she save her mice.even the annoying ones? This wonderfully expressive book by Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry (Houghton Mifflin, 2011) is given stellar treatment by Bernadette Dunne who perfectly voices the fussy yet good-hearted Hildegarde as well as all the other quirky characters, giving them voices and attitudes that perfectly suit their personalities. This isn't a reading so much as a full-blown performance-an auditory delight with both humor and suspense that will keep audiences mesmerized.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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