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Hoeye, Michael.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN 0399238786
Hermux Tantamoq, a mouse, is an expert watchmaker who likes to keep things orderly. Ms. Linka Perflinger, a noted aviatrix, brings her watch in to be repaired. It MUST keep perfect time. She needs it by the next day, but she never arrives to pick it up. Hermux is smitten with her beauty and dashing. When a rat comes to pick up the watch, he is suspicious. What follows is adventure and intrigue. Hermux discovers that Tucka Mertslin, his obnoxious neighbor who has just trashed the lobby of the apartment in the name of art, has entered into a deal with a Dr.Hiril Mennus to find a fountain of youth formula. A Dr. Dandifer, who was on the trail of this fountain in a remote jungle, gets killed. By reading Dandifer's journal, Hermux discovers that the potion must not be swallowed - with disastrous results. Traitors, industrial espionage, bad puns and interesting chapter headings abound as Hermux solves the mystery. Will he win the girl?  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)
SUBJECTS:     Mice -- Fiction.
                        Animals -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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