The Tale of Despereaux

The glorious tale of a little castle mouse with a big heart – and a thirst for adventure! Despereaux is a mouse in love; in love with music, with stories, and with a princess named Pea. He can read books, and he can hear sounds that no one else can hear. (Two very dangerous talents for a castle mouse like him.) Everyone expects Despereaux to die young, but he stubbornly refuses to do so. But when he’s whisked into a breakneck adventure, will he finally win his heart’s desire?

  • A stunning Newbery Medal winner by Kate DiCamillo
  • A timeless story of chivalry, friendship and magic
  • Kate is one of America’s top children’s authors
  • Her other novels include The Tiger Rising

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    Kate DiCamillo

    Kate DiCamillo is the Newbery Medal award-winning author of Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Desperaux.


    Kate DiCamillo has twice won the Newbery Medal. for The Tale of Desperaux in 2004 and for Flora and Ulysses in 2014.

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