The Rescuers by Margery Sharp

The Rescuers

Written by Margery Sharp
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This tale of three daring and heroic little mice is as enchanting for children today as when it was first published in 1959. The three - pampered, beautiful Miss Bianca, loyal Bernard and resolute Nils, the Norwegian fisherman - embark selflessly on a most dangerous mission to rescue a poet held in the terrible Black Castle. The journey would be difficult for anyone, let alone mice, and there’s worse to face when they arrive, including the jailer’s wicked cat Mamelouk. The rescue is a triumph for the small and noble-hearted everywhere and it’s a story to lift the spirits on every reading. As author Anne Fine says in her introduction, ‘Don’t miss it!’ ~ Andrea Reece

July 2011 Guest Editor Anne Fine on this classic: "We meet three of the most heroic mice in literature: delicate Miss Bianca, who selflessly abandons her pampered life in a porcelain pagoda to journey over rough seas and barren lands to the hideous Black Castle from which no prisoner has ever escaped. Along with her on this terrifying errand of mercy go two steadfast companions: kind, loyal Bernard from the kitchen pantry (already honoured for Gallantry in the Face of Cats); and Nils, a fearless Norwegian sailor who’s never happier than when braving storm-tossed waves in his sturdy sea-boots. How these resourceful mice set about their adventure is a marvel, from the idle doodle of a garden party hat taken for an accurate map, through the flowery poems Miss Bianca feels compelled to write at moments of high emotion, to the refined manners which serve her so well in her encounters with Marmelouk, the jailor’s fierce yet somewhat dim cat. First published 50 years ago, and still in print, this small, warm and enchanting gem endless amused me and enthralled my daughters."

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The Rescuers by Margery Sharp

Bianca and Bernard, agents for The Prisoners' Aid Society of Mice, rescue prisoners and outwit villains in this enchanting story, made world-famous by the Walt Disney film. The Prisoners' Aid Society of Mice discusses the proposed rescue of a Norwegian poet from the terrible Black Castle. Miss Bianca, the pet white mouse belonging to the Ambassador's son, is sent to Norway on a mission to recruit the bravest Norwegian mouse she can find. She finds Nils, and brings him back triumphantly. Then she, Nils, and Bernard, a pantry mouse who falls in love with her, set off for the Black Castle. They set up home in a mousehole in the Chief Jailer's room, and narrowly avoid the jaws of Mamelouk the cruel Persian cat. Eventually they trick the cat and the jailer, and get into the prisoner's cell. A dramatic rescue via an underground river, and they are all free -- and the Nils and Miss Bianca medal for bravery is struck in the mice's honour!


'A devastating mixture of magic and fantasy.' Evening News

'Margery Sharp is an adept describer of situations; whether comic or merely piquant, embarrassing or exciting. Her dialogue is brilliant, uncannily true. Her taste is excellent: she is an excellent story teller.' The Tatler

About the Author

Margery Sharp was born in 1905. She is best known for her books for children, but she also wrote for adults. She was a prolific writer in her long career: twenty six novels for adults, fourteen stories for children, four plays, two mysteries, as well as numerous short stories. She died in 1991

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176 pages


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

2nd September 2010




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