Secrets at Sea

Secrets at Sea

A Novel

Book - 2011
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In 1887, the social-climbing Cranstons voyage from New York to London, where they hope to find a husband for their awkward older daughter, secretly accompanied by Helena and her mouse siblings, for whom the journey is both terrifying and wondrous as they meet an array of titled humans despite their best efforts at remaining hidden.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2011.
ISBN: 9780803734555
Characteristics: 238 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Murphy, Kelly 1977-- Illustrator


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Nov 17, 2015

My 10 year old daughter really enjoyed this book.

ChristchurchLib Jul 21, 2014

"It's the late 1880s, and house mouse Helena and her siblings have a dilemma: the human family whose home they occupy is making a voyage overseas -- meaning that crumbs will be in short supply for a while -- but mice are terrified of water. As head of her household since her parents' demise, Helena makes the bold call to stow away in the Cranstons' luggage, and many shipboard adventures follow. Clever, fun, and packed with memorable characters, this animal fantasy should be a winner with fans of other mousy tales like Avi's Poppy." Kids' Books July 2014 newsletter

JCLBarbaraL Jun 17, 2013

This is great animal fantasy-mice who only dress up when they aren't in the company of their adults but who live in a universe that mirrors that of the human world. While sending Olive on a ship to Europe to search for a husband, the entire family of mice have a wonderful adventure and each finds a treasure! This would be a perfect family read-aloud.

forbesrachel Feb 03, 2013

Interesting language, and an amusing idea for a story, but lacking in that everything was too perfect in the end, and although I liked Helena, I found the changes in her were too quick, while others in her family were underdeveloped.

jazs Nov 29, 2011

NYTimes Notable Children's book for 2011


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