… And so should you.

While a bit younger than the typical YA audience (7-12) might be attracted to, Kate DiCamillo’s writing, especially that of The Tale of Despereaux, is magically written to entertain and engage younger readers. Kate ensures that her reader is engaged by continuously addressing her reader, “This, reader, was a little joke on Louise’s part…” (151), “Reader, you did not forget about our small mouse, did you?” (175), “And in his sleep, reader, the small mouse began to cry” (182).

 A winner of the Newbery Medal, Kate continues to write in the magical realism space which young readers gladly inhabit. Themes of love, honor, and life encourage young readers to explore the betterment of themselves and look to unlikely heroes to finish their own life stories and allow them to love deeper.

As Desperaux, Kate’s unlikely hero, traverses through the book, many plot elements and a variety of intriguing characters allow him to come to a place where he is ready to save the world. Or, at least, his world. Armed with only a spool of red thread and a needle, Desperaux faces the jail keeper, Gregory, many rats, and a girl named Miggery Sow who is armed with a knife in order to save his one true love: The Princess Pea.

But, reader, will he? Will he overcome the odds stacked against him? Or will he succumb to the dangers of the dungeon as every other human and rodent, alike, have come to suffer and never survive?

Choose to become the reader. Choose to discover the ending. And choose to read more of DiCamillo.

 Other books written by Kate DiCamillo:

* Because of Winn-Dixie

* Mercy Watson to the Rescue

* Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

* The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

* The Tiger Rising

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