Clarice the Brave (Hardcover)

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Ship mouse Clarice has already lost her mother and siblings when a crew mutiny sends her over the side of the ship with provisions, leaving her brother Charles Sebastian behind. What’s worse, in this small boat is not just the Captain and his loyalists but also Special Lady, the very ship cat who ate Clarice’s sister Olivia. This is just the beginning of an epic tale of adventure and friendship that already feels like a classic! Clarice must learn to trust Special Lady as she tries to figure out how she can ever get reunited with her baby brother. Almost driving the narrative are the words that Clarice’s mother said to her: ‘It only takes one mouse to believe in you. And that one mouse is me.’ So exciting, so emotional, so many lines I want to quote – Clarice the Brave is a triumph!

— Daniel Goldin

"It only takes one mouse to believe in you." That was the lesson mother gave to Clarice and her brother, Charles Sebastian, but it takes a lot of believing to think any mouse can survive a ship divided by mutiny and prowled by hungry cats and angry sailors. When Clarice and Charles Sebastian get separated, they have constant doubts about each other's survival and how in the world they'll ever find each other again. Their determination to try takes them on an epic journey. Along the way they'll face great loss while discovering friendship and love in the most surprising places. As she did with her Unwanteds series, McMann writes with warmth, wisdom, and a perceptive view of humanity through the eyes of remarkable characters, some human and some animals with tremendous heart. This book may just renew your power to believe!

— Tim McCarthy


New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds brings us an epic animal adventure story perfect for fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander.

The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true.

She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful—as all mice are—but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move they make could be their last.
When a shocking mutiny forces Clarice onto a small, leaky boat with Special Lady and a dozen hungry sailors with deadly boots, Charles Sebastian is left on the ship to fend off mutineers, a flock of irate chickens, and an inquisitive human prisoner—a mouse’s worst enemy.
Being careful may have saved them in the past, but now Clarice and Charles Sebastian will need to grow bold if they are to survive . . . and keep their promise to find one other again.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds comes an unforgettable adventure filled with perseverance, kindness, and hope. 

About the Author

Lisa McMann is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of dozens of books like The Unwanteds series and the Wake trilogy. She is married to fellow writer and musician, Matt McMann, and they have two adult children--her son is artist Kilian McMann and her daughter is actor Kennedy McMann. Lisa spends most of her time in Arizona, California, and Vancouver BC, and loves to cook, read, and watch reality TV.

Praise For…

Praise for Clarice the Brave:

"[A] wondrous journey of self-discovery . . . Normalizes feelings of sadness and grief for younger readers, relayed in an assured tone and elegant prose." —Publishers Weekly

"An absorbing adventure from an unexpected perspective." —Booklist

"Very well drawn . . . A fine, unusual story." —Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593323373
ISBN-10: 0593323378
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Pages: 272
Language: English