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Hopper's Destiny: Mouseheart, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Mouse vs. cats, humans in heroic, gory rodent saga sequel.

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Appealing characters, humor, and heroism mix with relentless, horrific violence in this epic rodent saga. Expect many joyous or hilarious moments, such as when the rodents ride the subway or when Hopper, buzzed on junk food, discovers an unexpected talent for basketball. Some of the characters are surprising, such as a cat whose mission in life is steering the rodents he's supposed to kill into safer quarters. The characters who have abandonment and sibling-rivalry issues will resonate with many a kid. And Vivienne To's appealing illustrations bring heroes and villains alike to life.

Unfortunately, the story becomes less than the sum of its parts as these elements contend with constant gory violence -- from mice being splattered with shovels to a character's mother being killed in an animal shelter -- and glib, smarmy sermonizing as young Hopper tries to find his way: "And in that moment Hopper understood: this was the power of faith. Faith made it possible to face the unknown. Faith brought hope, and hope brought strength. What La Rocha provided -- to the elders, to the wanderers, and to Hopper, too -- wasn't magic or supernatural power ... it was inspiration. And inspiration was just another word for the desire to do something good and noble and important ... and believing you can."

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