The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright

Title: The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

Author: Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright

Illustrator: Barry Moser

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers

Release Date: October 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1561455959

Size: 256 pages, hardcover

Genre: Middle Grade (10+)

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Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life dodging fishwives brooms and carriage wheels and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Cheshire Cheese Inn. When he learns that the innkeeper is looking for a new mouser, Skilley comes up with an audacious scheme to install himself in the famous tavern. Once established in the inn, Skilley strikes a bargain with Pip, the intelligent mouse-resident, and his fellow mice. Skilley protects the mice and the mice in turn give to Skilley the delectable Cheshire cheese of the inn. Thus begins a most unlikely alliance and friendship.

The cat and mouse design a plan to restore Maldwyn wounded raven and faithful guard in the service of Queen Victoria to his rightful place in The Tower, but first they must contend with a tyrannical cook, a mouse-despising barmaid, and an evil tomcat named Pinch. Will the famous author suffering from serious writer s block who visits the Cheshire Cheese pub each day be able to help?

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