Well, the first three reviews of Orville Mouse from Readers Favorite are in, and I’m pleased to say all three were 5 star reviews! Whew! I can breathe again! Here’s the first review:
“Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds by Tom Hoffman is a heartwarming fantasy tale that teens will find enjoyable. The sudden discovery that his best friend, Sophia Mouse, is a rare species from another planet and endowed with extraordinary skills could have been enough to shake up Orville Wellington Mouse. However, he soon discovers that something sinister might be happening when he notices peculiar behavior in a group of glowbirds. Orville Mouse and his friend embark on a mission to investigate the source of this unusual behavior. Little do they know that they are about to provoke an enemy who not only poses a great danger to their lives, but is also capable of bringing the peaceful village of Muridaan Falls, Symoca into a terrible war.
Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds is a work of rare ingenuity and imagination, and readers will find it interesting to watch the lead characters as they are thrust from one challenge to another. Pulled away from their own familiar landscape and thrown into Periculum, a dangerous world peopled by all sorts of unloving creatures, Orville and Sophia will have to muster the resources they need to get back home and defend their own. The conflict in this novel is well developed, but it’s the denouement that will leave readers spellbound.
Hoffman comes across as a master in the teen fantasy genre and he successfully makes readers feel for characters who inhabit a world completely different from theirs. The language is beautiful and accessible, laced with vivid descriptions and a rare touch of humor. With unusual skill, the author builds this gripping tale around human values of friendship, loyalty, love, and courage. The plot is meticulously crafted and it moves fast, and readers will be eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next. At times the narrative is hilarious, but the humor is immediately replaced by intense action which makes the story even more gripping. This is one of those books that offers a place for teens to take refuge, a cleverly wrought gem. A well written and interesting story.”