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Young Fredle (Davis Farm #2)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  894 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
Cynthia Voigt crafts a novel about discovery, perspective, and the meaning of home—all through the eyes of an affable and worried little mouse. Fredle is an earnest young fellow suddenly cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets—into the outside. It's a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Yearling (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 27, 2012 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"If you will have only one chance, you want to make it the best it can be."

Young Fredle, P. 163

I don't know if I can think of a single author whose writing is truly wiser than that of Cynthia Voigt. Louisa May Alcott, maybe? Joseph Krumgold? Elizabeth Yates? E.L. Konigsburg? Walter Dean Myers? Jacqueline Woodson? It's probably only accurate, though, to say that these great authors are capable of equaling, at times, the wisdom shone forth by Cynthia Voigt in her novels. We are lucky to have s
Apr 24, 2017 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was AMAZING, through all of the places it takes you. Though it does take a tiny bit TOO long to read. I mean Young Fredle is awesome, do not get me wrong. It is just that sometimes people just want to finish their books within a month. This book for example took about a month and a half for me to read.If you to want to read a book for a while then definitely read it, but if you want a short book then don't read Young Fredle until you are fine with really hunkering down. All in all Youn ...more
This was my 17th book for the YALSA Best Books reading challenge. It was also nice to read listen to this audio because it was for the younger end of the teen/tween readers. So many of the award winners for YALSA are older. And I enjoyed the change of this book being for the tween audience.

Young Fredle (rhymes with metal) is a mouse that lives on a wooden shelf behind the pantry. There are strict rules that need to be followed in order to keep all the mice safe. You must be quiet during the day.
Aug 08, 2011 Nancee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Fredle is an adventurous house mouse. He joins with his cousin one night to explore a part of the pantry they have never been allowed to explore. And they find a package of lusciousness -- the outside is dark brown and sweet and the inside is white, cool and yummy. Only later do the two mice discover that something in the candy doesn't agree with mice. And they both know what happens to mice who are not healthy or fast enough. They get shoved out of the nest and are "went." The missus takes pity ...more
Ardea Smith
Oct 16, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: Young Fredle/Cynthia Voigt/2011

Genre: Fiction

Format: E-Book

Plot summary: Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside, makes some important discoveries and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles to return home.

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: Mice who are injured or extremely old and require help gather food are pushed out of the nest and left to die. This process is called "went".

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Mar 20, 2011 Laurel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been avoiding writing this review, because... well, I didn't love this book. And I can't on earth figure out how that's possible. I love soft, episodic mg books. I love Voigt about as well as any author in the world. But somehow, nothing ever seemed to happen to Fredl.

The writing is, naturally, perfect. Line by line I wanted to eat the book. The fourth star is for the language of the book. The word-by-word moments. The "went" and the "Woo-ha" and so forth. But the story never took off in a
Rene Kirkpatrick
Mar 29, 2012 Rene Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 8 and up
Very sweet, a little slow to start, but a very exciting book about a house mouse exiled to the outdoors when he gets sick and may endanger the rest of the mouse family. Great emotions in this book. Fredle is overwhelmingly lonesome when he is sent away and it is obvious how much he misses his family.

Fredle, curious, adventurous, is sent out of the nest he's lived in his whole life. The mom in the house finds him and puts him outside. Fredle is a house mouse and has never been outside, or on his
Lisa Nagel
Feb 02, 2011 Lisa Nagel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ages 9 and up. I agree that the writing style may not appeal to all young readers, but those that stay with this sweet and simple story will be rewarded. When Fredle, the house mouse is pushed out of the nest, he suddenly finds himself in the completely foreign world of the "outside." Fredle not only finds the courage to survive in this new world, but he finds he actually is enjoying himself. He meets all sorts of new creatures and sees all sorts of beautiful things, like the moon, stars and flo ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fredle, a young mouse living with his family in the pantry of a farmhouse, finds himself in the unfamiliar world of "outside." Here, he finds new friends in unlikely suspects, a new sense of self and self-confidence, and a new definition of the idea of home. I loved the way this book was told, very convincingly, from the perspective of a mouse. What it reminded me of is that each person has such a unique view of the world in which we live and that view is shaped by our experiences. However, we c ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still view any mouse in my house as an interloper whose life if forfeit. But there is such a good message in this book - do you view change like Fredle did, and use it as an opportunity for growth, or do you see it like his cousin Axel, and close yourself off to possibility. From my perspective, I am going to remember disc 5 and I am going to appreciate the moon and the stars and how they light our world and the sun and the flowers. What a great book to read as spring is coming!
May 30, 2012 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
But to be fair, i did just finish a YA book about religious cults before reading Fredle,so I may give it another chance someday.
Jan 22, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Listening to the audio. The narrator has a good reading voice. Cute story. Jacob loved the part when fredle meets the raccoons.
Karen ⊰✿
Mar 24, 2017 Karen ⊰✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno_2017
Such an adorable story. All about a mouse names Fredle and how he is pushed out of the nest when sick (as mice need to keep their family strong) and rather than being eaten by the house cat he manages to stay alive, befriend some other animals, and try and find his way back home.
Audio narration is also very well done.
Ashley Salisbury
Mar 13, 2017 Ashley Salisbury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun adventure full of surprises.
This reminds me of The Mouse and the Motorcycle except that The Mouse and the Motorcycle is magical and this is just meh. It is a lot if explaining and not as interesting.
Oct 17, 2016 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elementary
This is the story of a house mouse (Fredle) who gets sick and is "went" from the nest. The story describes his journeys and the other mice that he meets.
May 25, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Fredle is the sweet, almost wistful story of a naive but adventurous young mouse who is forced to leave the "safe" environs of the kitchen where he's grown up, and who has to learn how to survive "outside," amongst barn cats, snakes, and raccoons, but also amongst the moon, stars, flowers, and trees he's never before seen. Fredle's curiosity and his concern for others always set him apart from the other mice around him, who are very rule- and tradition-bound: as we discover in the book, ea ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Young Fredle is only a small mouse in a big family and his curiosity constantly irritates his elders. But one day a sweet, delicious experiment makes him sick, and his family turns its back on him, choosing to forget him instead of cure him. Suddenly he is discovered by the kind "Missus" of the farm, and is carried outside, instead of dumped in with the trash. Once outside, he experiences things he never could have imagined while indoors. He realizes that everyone is his nest on a pantry
Jan 28, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction
Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt, illustrated by Louise Yates is a novel about discovery, perspective, and the meaning of home, told through the eyes of an affable, earnest, worried little mouse. When Fredle is cast out of his nest (after getting sick eating chocolate), and ends up outside, he discovers an amazing world of textures, light and colors that comes with snakes, raccoons, rain, lawnmowers and slightly untrustworthy field mice. Fredle's quest to return to his inside nest becomes an advent ...more
Fun little story that I can see some children really enjoying. For me it was just ho hum and not so much my cup of tea. And I kept thinking how could this family have so MANY mice in their house and not do anything about it.
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Mary Kate
May 25, 2011 Mary Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When he becomes ill after eating too much chocolate, Fredle, a young mouse, is pushed out of his family's cozy nest and thrust into a world he has never imagined. While fearful and sometimes terrified, Fredle is also drawn to the beauty of the larger world and the experiences to be had there.

Cythia Voigt's Young Fredle, the first of her books that I've read, appealed to me much more than I expected it to and on a number of levels. The writing style feels fresh, different, new, the characters ar
Jun 30, 2016 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not like animal books. I don't like books about pets and I don't like books about kids with their faithful companion, be it a dog or a deer. I dislike talking woodland creatures and mice who wear clothes and live in houses with doors built in the between the roots of trees. I despise books where the animals act like people and I don't know why the author made the characters into animals when they very well could have been humans without changing a single element of the story. I hate stories ...more
Stacy Ford
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Dec 20, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Fredle
There are times in everyone’s life, where all that we know is shaken by events either outside of our control or choices we’ve made. In Cynthia Voigt’s charming novel Young Fredle, a little house mouse makes a seemingly small mistake that changes the course of his life forever. Fredle, along with his friend Axle find and devour a peppermint patty. Shortly after, they both become extremely ill, and as do all mice who become injured or sick, Fredle is tossed out of his home and left to
May 10, 2015 Jorge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
"Young Fredle" is a personified animal fantasy written by Newbery medalist, Cynthia Voigt. The story is centered around Fredle, a young mouse who takes the reader on an adventure of discovering the world outside the kitchen pantry that he is so fond of. Throughout the book, Voigt does a great job in depicting the ups and downs Fredle goes through; from being homesick and lonely, to the joys of discovering a whole new world unknown to his family and friends. What I really enjoyed out of this chap ...more
Anastasia Tuckness
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Fredle is a pantry mouse. All he knows is the pantry and the kitchen where they scavenge for food. One day he and his cousin Axle find a tasty treat and gorge themselves on the chocolate and cream. Little do they know that chocolate is bad for mice and they get sick. A sick mouse is not a useful mouse and his family sends him out of the pantry. Missus discovers him in the kitchen and throws him outside. Outside he discovers a whole new world and new experiences. He meets the field mice who help ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv, animals
I enjoyed this much more than I expected, not being a huge fan of animal stories. It's a companion to Angus and Sadie, which I haven't read (see: not a huge fan of animal stories) but stands alone - I only realized that because I've seen Angus and Sadie on the library shelf and recognized the names in this book. The cover is a bit deceptive, giving the book a younger feel than it actually has. In reality, it's a "house mouse in the great outdoors" survival story with a nice dash of humor and som ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nccba-2013
Young Fredle is a house mouse, a kitchen mouse, and he knows exactly how to live in that environment: where to find food and how to stay safe. But when he gets sick, he is pushed out of his nest and taken Outside by a human. There he faces a tumult of emotions: fear, loneliness, anxiety, and wonder. He meets a variety of inhabitants of the Outside, each of whom are friendly, misleading, and/or dangerous. He learns about phenomena he never knew existed: the variety of lights in the nighttime sky, ...more
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Cynthia Voigt is an American author of books for young adults dealing with various topics such as adventure, mystery, racism and child abuse.

Angus and Sadie: the Sequoyah Book Award (given by readers in Oklahoma), 2008
The Katahdin Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Anne V. Zarrow Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Margaret Edwards Award, for a body of work, 1995
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“Hiding under the bed doesn't make the worry stop.” 4 likes
“curled up, closed his eyes, and marched himself off, as if sleep were an actual place, like home, like the kitchen—a place a mouse could go to.” 0 likes
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