SECRETS AT SEA by Richard Peck
Kirkus Star

SECRETS AT SEA

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Problem novels, ghost stories, historical fiction—is there anything Newbery Medalist Peck cannot do? Apparently not.

Helena Cranston, oldest surviving member of her family after the deaths of both her parents and her sisters Vicky and Alice, has her hands full: dreamy sister Beatrice and skittery sister Louise keep sneaking out at night—Helena fears inappropriate liaisons—while brother Lamont skips school for more dangerous pursuits. Worse yet, the Upper Cranstons, dissatisfied with Hudson Valley beaux, are embarking for England to catch daughter Olive a husband. Europe, as Helena knows, is across a very large body of water, and Helena, being a mouse, fears water with all her heart. Yet soon she and her family, secreted in one of the Cranstons' steamer trunks, are carried onboard ship, where they discover an aristocratic mouse society heretofore unknown, including the Mouse-in-Waiting to Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's daughter, who shows Helena that mice can in fact change history—at least on a mouse-sized scale. Peck must have had a blast writing this. Whimsical language, sure characterization, unflagging adventure, even romance—all seen through Helena's relentlessly practical beady little eyes. Think The Tale of Despereaux without the twee. 

Sheer delight. (final art not seen) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3455-5
Page count: 203pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2011




TOP 26 BOOKS AT BEA:

Children THE FLINT HEART by Katherine Paterson
by Katherine Paterson
Children MY NAME IS ELIZABETH! by Annika   Dunklee
by Annika Dunklee
Children BINKY UNDER PRESSURE by Ashley Spires
by Ashley Spires
Children THE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT by Carmen Agra Deedy
by Carmen Agra Deedy

MORE BY RICHARD PECK

ChildrenTHE MOUSE WITH THE QUESTION MARK TAIL by Richard Peck
by Richard Peck
ChildrenTHREE QUARTERS DEAD by Richard Peck
by Richard Peck
ChildrenA SEASON OF GIFTS by Richard Peck
by Richard Peck

MORE BY KELLY MURPHY

ChildrenHISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS by Kelly Murphy
by Kelly Murphy
ChildrenANTON AND CECIL by Lisa Martin
by Lisa Martin

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenMILLHOUSE by Natale Ghent
by Natale Ghent
ChildrenTHE TEACHER’S FUNERAL by Richard Peck
by Richard Peck
ChildrenTHE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by John Claude Bemis
by John Claude Bemis