Publication Date: September 8, 2009
Reading Level: Lexile Measure 670L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level U
Interest Level: Grades 3-5
Major Awards: 2004 Newbery Medal
Number of Pages: 273 pages
Approximate Word Count: 82,960 words
Audible Book Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Book Themes: Compassion and Forgiveness, Family, Isolation, Loyalty, Revenge, Lies and Deceit, Courage, Principles
Genre: fantasy, quest
Setting: Fictional Setting - The Kingdom of Dor
Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.
“Once upon a time,” he said out loud to the darkness. He said these words because they were the best, the most powerful words that he knew and just the saying of them comforted him.
First Line: The story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse.
Point of View: First Person (Peripheral Narrator - told from the perspective of a narrator who isn't directly involved with the story)