Mitzie lives at Manor House, an ordinary station on the Piccadilly Line, but Mitzie is no ordinary mouse – she can read the writing of the Tunnellers. Intrigued by all the station names, she decides to go exploring.
All alone she sets out on an adventure which grows and grows. She learns about The Northern Line War and why mice no longer travel the ancient mouseways nor trust each other. She also learns about the Book of Ways, the fabled map of all Tubeworld mouseways and decides to search for it herself. More and more mice join her until she has a vast company of loyal followers, braving the dangers of rats, bullies and fearsome Tunneller trains.
Will they find what they are looking for and change their world forever?
Age Range: 8+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Format: B Paperback
Word Count: 29,000
Second Edition: 2016
Into the blackness came a glowing, golden mouse.
They got to their paws and looked around for the nearest dark corner. Once there, they peered into the Tunnellers’ Heaven, known to Tunnellers themselves as the ticket hall.
There was something in the air which made their little noses twitch. Some way beyond them, fascinating and mysterious, loomed a blackness that was neither tunnel nor mouseway. It was a hole in the world through which they felt rather than saw the shadows of the Tunnellers’ Realm. From it there blew a cold, damp air the like of which they had never breathed. Both were awestruck.
“Is that their heaven?” asked Turnip.
“Maybe,” said Boswell, “and if it is, then maybe that’s an angel!”
He pointed to a Tunneller sweeping the floor of the ticket hall looking rather more grumpy than angelic.
“Come on,” said Boswell. “We must go down.”
“Down!” said Turnip. “Aren’t we here forever?” He’d given up on the idea of a return journey.
Piccadilly Mitzie is the first in a growing series about the mice of Tubeworld. The others are Jubilee Joe and Circle Cinnabar. Details will be available in the middle of 2017. If you are reading this after the middle of 2017, then details should be available now. There may well be more titles by then, too. Who knows? A mouse proposes, the Golden Mouse disposes.
Book dedications have always intrigued me, but so far I’ve never seen a website dedication. Perhaps this is the first. As it says in The Last Garden, “So special, so loved, so missed.” This little dedication is For Ana.