Reviewed by Isabella, age 10.
"This story is set in London in 1944, in World war 2.
In an Umbrella shop, Pip Hanaway the mouse lives with her parents and siblings, until their home is destroyed by a bomb. This was sad for me.
Pip embarks on a perilous journey to France to find Noah's Ark, the gang of animals with the resistance. Together they will fight the enemy and her new friends will help her find a new home.
The moral of the story is heartwarming.‘You don’t have to be big to be brave’ This quote is inspiring."
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, winner of the 2019 Sainsbury's Book Prize for Fiction and selected for Waterstones Book of the Month. 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 with 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.
Beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher, Anna Fargher's debut novel takes you on an incredible journey through a war that reaches even the smallest of creatures. 'An ambitious and wonderfully well-achieved first novel' Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse. 'A spellbinding tale of bravery and hope, where courage is found in the smallest of heroes' Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk.
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