Warning: Contains Spoilers!
Recovering from a stitch in his side, Young Whortle gazed at the raft and loved it deeply.
Aufwader’s Thoughts: A characteristic of the Mouselets is that there are chapters like these at regular intervals, so instead of getting full-throttle thrills and chills all the way through, we have time to breathe in between each major moment of life-threatening drama. There is still the lingering worry of the truth about Fenny at the back of Whortle’s mind, however, and it’s understandable that he just doesn’t have the full capacity at the moment for his training.
What I thought was really sweet was how his friends notice his moods and do all they can to encourage him, while also letting him have space if he needs it. None of them are really out for their own ends or harboring ill-feeling, as they might in a story for older readers. Instead, they all band together to help Whortle achieve his dream out of sheer kindness – not something often seen in Robin Jarvis canon.
Matt’s Thoughts: Ah, vomit jokes …we haven’t had too much of that in the Jarvis canon, but two spews in one chapter is good fun.
But while the world of the Fennywolde Games is fun, the plot strand that is really intriguing is the water voles and the truth about their mother …