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The Umbrella Mouse

Written by Anna Fargher

Illustrated by Sam Usher

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Wartime adventure story starring an intrepid mouse

May 2019 Debut of the Month

Bombs, ruthless enemies, a channel crossing in the dark, minefields – young Pip has to negotiate all these dangers in the course of this exciting, beautifully written wartime adventure story. It would be challenge enough for anyone, but Pip is a mouse, newly orphaned and homeless too. Fortunately, though she’s small, she’s very, very brave and nothing will stop her in her quest to deliver the umbrella that’s been her home back to the museum in Italy where her mother grew up. Along the way, she joins Churchill’s secret animal army and fights with the Allied forces. It’s testament to the quality of Anna Fargher’s writing that readers will believe in Pip one hundred per cent. The wartime background is vivid and completely convincing and Pip and her animal comrades are beguiling characters. Original adventure from an exciting new author.

Andrea Reece

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Published to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII, Umbrella Mouse is the must-read middle grade debut of 2019, detailing one mouse’s fight to survive the war.

The Umbrella Mouse Synopsis

A timeless tale of courage, resistance and friendship, The Umbrella Mouse is a heart-stopping adventure drawing on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII. 1944, and London is under attack. Young mouse Pip Hanway's safe and quiet world is turned upside down when her home, umbrella shop James Smith & Sons, is destroyed by a bomb. Orphaned and alone, she must begin a perilous quest to find a new home. But the only way to get there is by joining Noah's Ark, a secret gang of animals fighting the resistance in France, operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. Danger is everywhere and as the enemy closes in, Pip must risk everything to save her new friends.

The Umbrella Mouse Press Reviews

Brims with courage, friendship and adventure - Bookseller

A spellbinding tale of bravery and hope, where courage is found in the smallest of heroes -- Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk

An ambitious and wonderfully well-achieved first novel - Michael Morpurgo

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ISBN: 9781529003970
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529003970
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: Anna Fargher
Illustrator: Sam Usher
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Star Books

About Anna Fargher

Anna Fargher was raised in a creative hub on the Suffolk coast by an artist and a ballet teacher. She read English Literature at Goldsmiths before working in the British art world and opening her own gallery. The Umbrella Mouse is her first book, which she wrote on her iPhone notepad during her daily commute on the London Underground. She splits her time between London and Suffolk where she is often found exploring the coastline and marshlands under the huge East Anglian skies.

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