"SECRETS AT SEA," by Richard Peck, Dial, $16.99, 256 pages (f)(ages 8-10)
Author Richard Peck has written many award-winning books. Readers of "A Long Way from Chicago" and "A Year Down Yonder" will see a different side of Peck while reading "Secrets at Sea" because it is fantasy as opposed to historical fiction.
In "Secrets at Sea," the Cranston mice follow the Cranston humans to sea while the humans look for a husband for their awkward daughter, Olive. Though small, these mice can still have an impact on the world of humans around them. Indeed, dynasties have been decided.
Although the pace of the book is somewhat unsteady, there are a few enjoyable scenes. There is a cat chase, a woman fainting and a mouse looking into a crystal ball. This book also has interesting scenes of sibling rivalry and jealousy. It is written in a know-it-all kind of tone in the perspective of the oldest sister.
"Secrets at Sea" is written for ages 8 to 10. Girls will be more likely to enjoy this book as the theme of finding love is found throughout. Since this book is written for a young age, parents may find the emphasis on the topic of love inappropriate for their children. One part of this book suggests that one of the mice has an improper dream. Alcoholic beverages are also mentioned.
Peck will be signing books on Oct. 19 at The King's English Bookshop located at 1511 S. 1500 East in Salt Lake City.
IF YOU GO ...
What: Richard Peck book signing
When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Where: The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City
Family studies graduate Amanda Paige is a full-time mother of two energetic boys. Her interests include reading, creative writing and advocating adoption and foster care.