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Christie Harris. Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses
McClelland & Stewart  $7.95  0-689-30502-8  155 pg.
Reviewed by Rachael, Age 12

It was in the days of very long ago, when things were different. Then supernatural beings roamed the vast green wilderness of the Northwest Coast. And people called them narnauks.

Mouse woman is the busiest narnauk in all of the Northwest Coast. She has made it her life’s work to help out distressed young people, who have been tricked into trouble. All she asks in return is a pair of woollen ear ornaments to keep as her own. There have been numerous ghastly schemes being plotted, and Mouse Woman has been rather frazzled. Still, she manages to keep her compassion, and proper attitude all the while.
A narnauk, as you have probably determined, is a supernatural being, which can transform into their designated animal, a human, or simply roam the land without a form at all. Many villagers fear narnauks, as they all acquire their own power, which some choose to use poorly, and some, respectfully.

The few stories that are told in this novel comprise of young princesses, who I am sad to say, have been taken away from their homes in an act of treachery. As well, the most affectionate and joyous of all bear cubs, and the atrocious man-who-bound-up-his-wrinkles. They also include a group of colossal snails, which appear as lustrous as the pearl lining of a shell. And last but not least, you’ll meet a mysterious little white mouse.

Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses’, well, what can I say? From the very beginning, I was caught up in the intrigue. Every time I picked the book up, I couldn’t wait to find out what Mouse Woman would do next, being so mysterious and all. I loved how C. Harris played with the feelings of the princesses in the book, because she managed to make their emotions show one way, but at the same time the reader knew that they also felt the exact opposite! This book was captivating, and most enjoyable!

I give Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses 4.5 stars. It was a great read and I enjoyed it very much!

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