It had been four years since the triplets had seen their parents -- and for most of that time, they'd thought their parents were dead...
Alistair, Alice and Alex have returned home safe from their adventures, but now that they know their homeland, Gerander, is in danger they can't sit by and do nothing. Together with their friend Tibby Rose, they join FIG -- an organisation working to free Gerander from the rule of greedy Queen Eugenia of Souris.
Posing as orphans, Alex and Alice are sent on a risky undercover mission to the capital of Gerander in a desperate attempt to learn the Sourians plans -- only to encounter some old enemies . . . and some new ones.
Meanwhile, Alistair and Tibby Rose set out to find Gerander's secret paths and rescue Alistair';s parents from an enemy prison. But someone is determined to stop them -- someone who seems to know their every move. Is it possible FIG has a traitor? Ages: 8-12
About the Author
Frances Watts spent nearly ten years working with some of Australia’s most talented children’s authors and illustrators as an editor before writing a book of her own. Her bestselling picture book Kisses for Daddy (illustrated by David Legge), was named an Honour Book in the Early Childhood category of the 2006 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide in many different languages. Her second picture book with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books, won the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in the 2008 CBCA Book of the Year awards.
Captain Crabclaw’s Crew is the third book by this successful team. As well as continuing to write picture books, Frances has been working on a series of junior novels about two very unlikely superheroes, Extraordinary Ernie and Marvellous Maud, with the heroic illustrator Judy Watson. The third book in the series, The Greatest Sheep in History, will be published in April 2009.
Frances lives in Sydney’s inner west, and divides her time between writing and editing.
Kirkus Reviews"A breathless plot . . . carr[ies] the resilient, endearing mice to a surprise ending. . . . An animated sequel that does not disappoint."Charlotte's Library blog"These books are very upper elementary friendly--the adventures are exciting, the plot twists and mysteries interesting, and the young mice are sympathetic characters. It's told lightly and briskly; serious matters are dealt with straightforwardly, but the truly dark happenings of this world, that the young mice are themselves only gradually become aware of, are off-page. Here's what I appreciated--the mice kids were kids, and behaved as such. They are smart and brave enough to make fine protagonists, but they were not preternaturally gifted! Here's what I also appreciated--there were good, kind people who happened to be in the enemy army. Yay for avoiding black and white dichotomies in fantasy for kids!"That's Another Story blog"This was an exciting adventure, with lots of plot twists and turns. I loved the distinctive personalities of the mice, and especially Alice's ingenious ways to get them out of sticky situations."Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog"Full of warm, clean humor and whippet-quick wit, Frances Watts' new trilogy will effortlessly charm readers and adventurers alike."Midwest Book Review""The Spies of Gerander" has all the powerful attraction of other hero mice stories like "The Secret of NIH" and will lock down its middle school readers in a page turning marathon. There is something of the flavor of "Watership Down" in this epic fantasy full of mini-mice heroes and heroines, and even something extra in the piquant humor...A firmly established audience will be excited to devour this latest installment in a mini-mice epic fantasy." Praise for "The Song of the Winns, Book 1: The Secret of the Ginger Mice" Kirkus Reviews"These latest mouse heroes promise more ripping, gripping mystery and adventur
Series: The Gerander Trilogy
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 6
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 13.5 x 20.5 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.54