Lois Lowry gives younger readers a charming tale (or is it tail) in BLESS THIS MOUSE (Houghton Mifflin, May 2011). Hildegarde is the leader of the church mice at St. Bartholomew's. When she learns that the church is going to be visited by the dreaded "Great X," she must organize an exodus to safer grounds. With the help of some brave mice, Hildegarde helps her fellow church mice survive the exterminator's efforts and return to their sanctuary. <18>
It would be easy enough to dismiss this chapter book due to its young audience. However, Lowry, a two time Newbery medalist, uses her considerable skills to create interesting characters and conflicts even in this slim novel. Art work by Eric Rohmann is a lovely bonus, enriching and elaborating on the text. Possible ladder connections would be MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH and BEN AND ME.