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The Secret of the Ginger Mice

The
Song
of the
Winns

The
SECRET
of the
GINGER MICE

The
Song
of the
Winns

The
SECRET
of the
GINGER MICE

• BOOK ONE •

BY FRANCES WATTS

illustrated by David Francis

Text copyright © 2012 by Frances Watts

Illustrations copyright © 2012 by David Francis

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First published in Australia by
HarperCollins
Publishers
Australia Pty Limited, 2010

First published in the United States by
Running Press Book Publishers, 2012

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Library of Congress Control Number: 2011938796

E-book ISBN 978-0-7624-4513-4

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Cover design by Frances J. Soo Ping Chow

Interior design by Frances J. Soo Ping Chow, based on
the original layout by Ingrid Kwong

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Table of Contents

1. Alex, Alice, and Alistair

2. Tibby Rose

3. Kidnapped

4. Two Ginger Mice

5. The Road to Shambles

6. Enemies

7. Mount Sharpnest

8. The Queen's Guards

9. Friend or Foe?

10. Timmy the Winns

11. Joining Forces

12. The Waterfall

13. Sourian Spies

14. The Mouse from Gerander

15. The Three Sheets Tavern

16. Resistance

17. Ship Ahoy!

18. The
Sickert

19. Reunited

20. Home

Acknowledgments

Author Bio

1

Alex, Alice, and Alistair

A
listair? Alistair!” It was Alice. “Come over here and let me hold you by the tail.”

“No way,” said Alistair. “I'm busy.” He quickly picked up his book.

“Alistair,” said his sister impatiently, “why waste your time
reading
about adventures when you could be
having
them? Come on, we need you.”

Alistair didn't see how being held by the tail by his sister who was standing on the back of the couch qualified as an adventure, but he got up from his chair and walked over anyway. He would help her in any way that did
not
involve being held by the tail.

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