Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear
Middle Grade / Juvenile / January 22, 2017

Author: Paul Gallico. Summary: The brave little Manxmouse is on a special journey. But can he survive fearsome foxes, terrified elephants and cats big and small to reach his destination? The Manxmouse is one-of-a-kind. He’s the strangest little mouse you’ll ever see, with bright blue fur, huge rabbit ears and a distinct lack of tail. But Manxmouse doesn’t mind being different. He knows that destiny awaits him, and so Manxmouse sets out on an exciting adventure. He meets tigers and hawks and dastardly pet-shop owners, but there’s someone he dreads and desires to meet more than anyone else. The someone who has been waiting for him all along…the Manx Cat. (Published summary) My Thoughts: I remember really liking this when I read it as a younger kid, but on a second read through I found it less interesting. The plot is disjointed, moving from mini-adventure to mini-adventure as Manx wanders through the world. The writing style is clearly aimed at younger children, as are the characters. Overall I’d say a fun story with a nice moral for younger children. Content Review: Sexual content: None. Language: None. Violence: Cat pounces on mouse, and hawk picks the mouse up, but both are…

The Sun Trail
Middle Grade / Juvenile / November 27, 2016

Dawn of the Clans #1. Author: Erin Hunter. Summary: For many moons, a tribe of cats has lived peacefully near the top of a mountain. But prey is scarce and seasons are harsh–and their leader fears they will not survive. When a mysterious vision reveals a land filled with food and water, a group of brave young cats sets off in search of a better home. But great dangers await them. In this unfamiliar world, faced with loners and fierce rogues all vying for territory and power, the traveling cats must find a new way to live side by side–or risk tearing one another apart. My Thoughts: It was interesting to see the arrival of the first cats. Even before they got there, the foreshadowing of the clans was clear to those watching for it, as I was. However, the characters are not as relatable, and the love-trianglie-stuff with Storm/Grey Wing/Clear Sky and Turtle/Grey Wing was weird. Background enough that younger kids wouldn’t notice, but a little weird. Content Review: Sexual content: Over the course of the book, three cats are pregnant. Two give birth, one off-screen and the other very low detail. The cats do not marry or have…

Moth Flight’s Vision
Middle Grade / Juvenile / July 24, 2016

Warriors Super Edition. Author: Erin Hunter. Summary: Set after the events of the Dawn of the Clans prequel arc, this Super Edition follows WindClan’s first medicine cat, Moth Flight, on a quest that changes the shape of the warrior Clans forever. The five warrior Clans are newly formed, and the forest is at peace—but in WindClan, one young cat is troubled by strange visions that will lead her to a destiny no cat could have predicted. My Thoughts: Somehow, the super editions have always seemed better than the other Warriors books. They focus on one individual cat, usually following them through much of their life, and draw a much more moving and character-driven story than the main arcs, which flip through clans and cats and are plot-propelled. Moth Flight’s Vision did not disappoint. We are drawn along with Moth Flight as she journeys from young, foolish cat to responsible healer, as her heart breaks and she struggles to trust Starclan, and as she ultimately develops the strength to do what must be done no matter how hard. Along the way readers of the first series will notice the customs and laws of the later clans coming into existence… the rules…