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Margaret K. McElderry Books to Release ‘Mouseheart,’ Epic Fantasy Series, in May 2014

New York, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is thrilled to announce the publication of MOUSEHEART by Lisa Fiedler, the start of an epic animal fantasy series reminiscent of Erin Hunter’s Warriors and Brian Jacques’ Redwall, in May 2014. The book will be supported by a $500,000 marketing plan, including major consumer advertising and author events. Simon & Schuster will also create a dedicated website for the series, Mouseheart.com, which will contain games and original content.

MOUSEHEART, which includes fifteen interior illustrations and a robust map of the world by acclaimed artist Vivienne To, brings us below the streets of Brooklyn and into the dangerous tangle of subway tunnels, where warring rat tribes battle for power…and one small mouse is destined to save them all. Hopper, an ordinary pet shop mouse who finds himself whisked away into this underground society, reminds us of the passion of youth, the strength to be brave, and the power of friendship. MOUSEHEART pulses with action and heart, and has the classic feel of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.

This is the start of a series, with two more books coming on an accelerated publication schedule in Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 respectively. The agreement for World and audio rights was negotiated by Ruta Rimas with Susan Cohen of Writers House and Madeleine Morel of 2M Communications, and the book is edited by Rimas.

Lisa Fiedler is the author of many books for children, including Curtis Piperfield’s Biggest Fan and Lucky Me. She lives in Monroe, Connecticut.


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