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Parents' Guide to

Secrets at Sea

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Great story, characters make mouse journey instant classic.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+
age 9+

Lost us a little

This is a good story with decent characters but many of the word choices make it hard to follow. It's also hard to read aloud. Elaborate descriptions of Victorian outfits and references to customs of time assume a knowledge base of older readers. My 7 yr old is lost a bit of the time, even my 10 yr old avid reader. We have struggled to get through it a bit. The characters are quite charming though and it is funny.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

SECRETS AT SEA is a great novel, with an inventive plot and ingenious characters who, despite being mice, are easy to relate to as they deal with their sibling issues. Younger kids who aren't quite at this reading level will still enjoy the characters, the story, and the cute illustrations, even though some nuances of the narration will go right by them. Older kids will love these details, from snarks at the boy-crazy Beatrice to the complicated protocols of being a faithful mouse retainer in the royal palace, unbeknownst to the actual royals involved.

Book Details

  • Author: Richard Peck
  • Illustrator: Kelly Murphy
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: October 13, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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