Book: The Stowaways Author: Meghan Marentette Illustrator: Dean Griffiths Publisher: Pajama Press Date: Oct. 15, 2013 Genre: Children's chapter book; ages 8-12 Pages: 236 Price: $19.95 My rating: an adventure one does not want to leave until the end
Last year I had the privilege of meeting several authors at a local children’s book fair, Meghan Marentette being one of them. Her table was directly beside Carolyn Mallory‘s whose book I reviewed HERE.
Here is a photo I took of them holding their books.
The Stowaways is an exciting first novel by Meghan Marentette. The main character, a little mouse by the name of Rory Stowaway, has been compared to Stuart Little, and he does have that gutsy and daring personality.
Rory lives with his twin brother, his little sister, his parents, and his grandmother. Since Rory’s grandfather failed to return from a daring adventure to the World Beyond, his father won’t let anyone go very far. He is anxious and has put a stop to exploring, but Rory is restless and wants to go searching for his grandfather and bring him home. His father is firmly against such an idea and will not hear of it.
The neighbours all believe Rory’s grandfather was killed in a trap, so they are standoffish with the family. They all are Weedle mice, and Weedle mice are normally not adventurous – the Stowaways being the exception for generations. Rory’s brother, Morgan, is a dreamer and wants to go on a sailing adventure, but when Rory learns his grandmother’s secret he is all the more determined to go on what he plans to be a rescue mission.
Life for the Stowaway family gets turned upside down by a series of unexpected events, scary and dangerous situations including a hurricane, a girl who likes to catch and cage mice, a cranky cat who wants to do worse than that, and more adventure than even Rory imagined.
The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette is a fast-paced tale consisting of eighteen chapters, lots of page-turning action, and Dean Griffiths’ wonderful illustrations that include maps on the end pages. It is not only young readers who will enjoy this book.
You can find The Stowaways on my BUY THE BOOK page.
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
Really?? More spam
I really appreciate how WordPress keeps out most of the spam mail that would constantly bombard our blogs if it weren’t for Akismet. There are a few that get put into my spam folder – for me to verify, I suppose. Occasionally, I find a funny one.
In April of 2014 I shared one that was especially amusing. Today I am sharing one with you that came in last week. If I were … someone who is thin-skinned, for example, I would pop onto Twitter or even write a nasty post here in reply or try to write directly to them – as if it would actually get there. And what a mistake that would be if it did! Why bother stooping so low, though, right?
I often wonder what in the world do they think this is going to prove? Such a waste of one’s time and life. Some of these spam comments are so poorly written it’s hilarious.
Take a look at this one:
The the next occasion I read a weblog, I really hope so it doesnt disappoint me around brussels. Come on, man, Yes, it was my option to read, but I just thought youd have some thing intriguing to state. All I hear can be a lot of whining about something that you could fix should you werent too busy searching for attention.
Yes, I’m too busy searching for attention to spend any more time on this post.
Have you received any particularly interesting ones lately?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative a-Musings! 😉
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