Four stalwart mice return in this second book of The Song of the Winns, risking their lives as spies to help liberate Gerander from oppressive neighboring Souris.
In The Secret of the Ginger Mice (2012), triplets Alex, Alice and Alistair and their friend, Tibby Rose, discovered their Gerandan roots and Free and Independent Gerander, a resistance organization dedicated to restoring Gerander’s independence. The triplets also learned their missing parents were FIG operatives, imprisoned on Atticus Island. Arriving at FIG headquarters, the four mice receive dangerous undercover assignments. Alistair and Tibby Rose must find a network of ancient tunnels in northern Gerander near the source of the Winns River and, they hope, rescue Alistair’s parents. Meanwhile, Alex and Alice will pose as Sourian servants to infiltrate the palace in Gerander’s capital city and gather information useful to FIG. Both pairs use their wits and bravado to survive serial perils, only to find that someone in FIG has betrayed them. A breathless plot alternates between Alistair and Tibby Rose’s quest and Alex and Alice’s spy activities, carrying the resilient, endearing mice to a surprise ending and ensuring their key role in the future fight to save Gerander. Delicate pen-and-ink spot art memorializes chapter details.
An animated sequel that does not disappoint. (map) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)