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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
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Mar 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ucd-children-s-lit

Category: Grades 4-6 Book #2

This is another great junior novel by Kate DiCamillo. Much like "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," (a book published later by DiCamillo), this too is a great story about love, loss, humility, and has a touch of suspense. The story is about mouse who is born in a world he doesn't fit into, and a rat with the same modus operandi. It takes place in a castle that is full of light but has it's own places of darkness as well, both in physical space and within the hearts of the souls who live there. Despereaux, the small unfitting mouse, becomes the unsuspecting hero of the book. He demonstrates remarkable abilities to forgive and to search inside himself for the courage he needs in his darkest hour. Like other DiCamillo books, this will take the reader on an adventure, making it hard to put down. The reader will find themselves laughing, cheering, biting their nails, and grasps their chest in surprise! This book is a great read-aloud, and would also serve to teach children about character development as a comprehension task or a writer's tip.

Newbery Medal recipient 2004
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