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The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)


The König is a tyrant. His subjects are starving. And all-out war is fast approaching. Will a pair of young, courageous brothers save their kingdom? When an emissary sent by the König himself stops by the remote mouse colony of Long Meadow, the peaceful life Sommer and Nesbit have shared is turned upside down—and the brothers are catapulted into separate death-defying adventures. Sommer, levelheaded and clever, is ordered to the palace to join the König’s illustrious Eagle Guard as it prepares to face a full-scale invasion by the nefarious Emperor Wolfsmilch and his army of a hundred thousand forest mice. Meanwhile, the small but spirited Nesbit is banished to the Forest of Lost Life for insulting the König, and must dodge hungry predators at every turn. The brothers struggle to reunite and defy the oppressors who threaten everyone and everything they have ever known and loved. But time is quickly running out for both of them—and the fate of the kingdom hinges on one last, daring mission. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon is an action-packed adventure story for young readers and adults alike.


Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.00 out of 10


Set in Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace, Nesbit, a weak and outspoken mouse, and his brother, Sommer, are forced into different lands where they must defend the kingdom as they encounter a variety of threats. The background and lore of the kingdom of mice are well crafted, though reluctant readers may find some of it overkill. Readers will enjoy the adventure and trouble that the two mice find themselves facing. Ending with a good message, this is a delightful story about the kinship of brothers.

Date Submitted: July 21, 2016

First-time author Press creates a complex and absorbing world of mouse kingdoms set against the grounds of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace. After a small, strong-willed mouse named Nesbit speaks out against the kingdom’s tyrannical ruler, the König, he is cast away to the treacherous Forest of Lost Life (one of the distant regions of the palace complex). Meanwhile, Nesbit’s more even-tempered brother, Sommer, is forced to join the Eagle Guard to defend the palace against a powerful army of approaching field mice. Murine, feline, and human characters commingle in an adventure filled with rich descriptions of a world lived within palace walls, beside corridors, and along labyrinthine garden paths. While abundant details about the mice’s mythology and lore can slow the pace, Press keeps the story scampering along with humor and persistent threats to Nesbit and Sommer in the form of owls, cats, and rival rodents. The author takes full advantage of the expansive backdrop and his diminutive protagonists as the brothers and their allies work to overthrow a brutal adversary and protect their homeland. Ages 10–up. (BookLife)

Winner of the 2015 Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for Teen Fiction and the Silver for Young Reader Fcition.

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist in Juvenile Fiction .