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4.69  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  8 reviews
“There aren’t many coders like that, not that I’ve ever met. You just might find that the mouse is really a lion, and even worse, that the lion has your head in her mouth.”

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD MOUSE GAMMA has spent her entire life struggling to communicate. She’s never understood how to stop the bullies and negligent foster parents without causing more trouble than it’s worth.
Paperback, 302 pages
Published May 3rd 2022 by River Grove Books
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May 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
If I were to describe this upper middle grade novel in just a few words? Hogwarts for tech geniuses.

When orphaned 12-year-old Mouse Gamma hacks into the digital records of a big tech company while searching for the identity of her birth parents, she doesn’t end up in juvie as she expected. Instead, she is invited to Rickum Academy, an elite technology school that has produced some of the world’s greatest coders and hackers. But after she arrives, students and teachers are mysteriously attacked.
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May 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I really like the intro to this novel. For folks who may not find computer coding all that interesting, the author immediately challenges that notion and paints a picture of why programming is an art as well as a science. I also really liked that at the start of the story, Mouse was also a kid uninterested in computers — making her relatable in some ways to students who might pick up the book. The overall tenants of the True Magicians were a lovely addition to this book and a great star ...more
May 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Mouse's name seems very descriptive of who she is: an orphan, shy, lonely, uncertain of her place in the world, not good with social interactions, unwanted by her various foster families, always being passed on to someone else. But Mouse is also smart, determined and on a mission. She wants to know who she is, where she comes from and above all, who her parents are. When she discovers coding a whole new world opens up. A world she understands and fits into. As Mouse uses her newfound skills to s ...more
Doug Yonce
May 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for middle grade students. Mixing technology, an orphan who is a prodigy, a special school (which rivals Hogwarts), a school wide contest, good and evil, and much more keeps the reader entertained. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher and voluntarily provided an honest review.
May 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
12 year old orphan, Mouse, is a self-taught computer and coding genius who mysteriously ends up in America’s most privileged technology academy. During her time there, she traverses the school halls unravelling mystery by mystery, ultimately looking for answers about her biological parents.

‘Mouse’ takes a spectacular look at the technological society that we live in, teaching readers about the issues of having such complex technology and the problems of what can happen online. Readers are able
Apr 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
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Apr 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Stedman writes with wit and depth. Mouse is the child's name, (Hers is not the weirdest name in the book.) She's an orphan; an orphan of an orphan and an orphan. She's abandoned, misunderstood, and out of her depth. So she's also a rebel; a rebel of a rebel and a rebel.

Mouse is about a brilliant but troubled little girl, and what happens when she is selected for an uber-rich boarding school by an outdated, outrageous program that should have been defunct, but somehow isn't.

If my review is not
May 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
Fun may be the word for this. It has good pacing and kept me engaged. I liked the characters and plotting, and look forward to the author's next book.

Thanks very much for the free review copy!!
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