November 2010 Indie Next List
“Young Fredle (rhymes with metal) is a house mouse. Specifically, he is a kitchen house mouse until 'The Missus' captures him under an upturned bowl and deposits him outside. Much excitement ensues with close scrapes and new experiences. Fredle gains insight into different lifestyles and reexamines his own. In the end, he learns that there are many excellent ways to be a mouse. Funny and thoughtful, this will make a lovely family read aloud!”
— Kat Goddard, The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MA
Cynthia Voigt crafts a novel about discovery, perspective, and the meaning of home—all through the eyes of an affable and worried little mouse. Fredle is an earnest young fellow suddenly cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets—into the outside. It's a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and raccoons and a different sort of mouse (field mice, they're called) not entirely trustworthy. Do the dangers outweigh the thrill of discovery? Fredle's quest to get back inside soon becomes a wild adventure of predators and allies, of color and sound, of discovery and nostalgia. And, as Fredle himself will come to understand, of freedom.
About the Author
Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for "Dicey's Song", the Newbery Honor Award for "A Solitary Blue", and the National Book Award Honor for "Homecoming", all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including "Izzy, Willy-Nilly" and "Jackaroo". She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.
"Move over, Stuart Little."
—Kirkus (starred review)
"The adventure is gripping . . . this is a writer at the top of her form, warm without sentimentality, wise without pretension."
—The Horn Book (starred review)
"Compelling . . . readers will identify with the universal conflict at the heart of Fredle's journey—even as he longs for home, he enjoys the newfound freedom."