2004 Medal Winner
This was a cute fairy tale type story about a mouse, Despereaux, shunned by his family and friends, because of his love for the Princess who inhabits the castle in which he lives. He is sent to the dungeon where he learns about a plot to kidnap the princess - by the dungeon rat! Despereaux cannot let anything bad happen to the princess that he adores. He must come up with a plan to save her!
We are also introduced to a host of other characters: Gregory, the dungeon master; Miggery Sow, the servant girl; Roscuro, the rat; and, of course, the Princess Pea.
If you like fairy tales, you will enjoy this book!