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The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail
Cover of The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail, 2013.jpg
Author Richard Peck
Illustrator Kelly Murphy
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's
Publisher Dial
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 256
ISBN 978-0142425305
Preceded by Secrets at Sea 

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail is a 2013 children's novel written by Richard Peck and illustrated Kelly Murphy. The book is set in the same universe as Secrets at Sea. The novel is suitable as reading for grades four through six.

Set in Victorian England, the story features a mouse who tries to discover his origins by asking Queen Victoria.


The Story of the white mouse was born in London. Who set out the journey.

A Royal Reminder

Part One: The Royal Mews

The Smallest Mouse in the Mews

Mouse Minor at School

Two Crimes

Evening Stables

Part Two: The Royal Park

Peg’s Ear

A Life of Drum and Trumpet

Yeomice on Parade

Snatched and Dispatched

Part Three: The Royal Palace


Eyes and Spies

A Rush of Black Wings

A Field of Gray

A Hard Mouse to Convince

Ludovic the 237th


  • Mouse Minor/Prince Ludovic - The protagonist. He is a white mouse who was born in London England. He lives in the Royal Mews next door to Buckingham Palace.
  • Yeomice - The Captain of the Guard of Mouse Minor’s father.
  • Aunt Marigold – Mouse Minor’s aunt.
  • The Mouse Queen – The Queen of the mice of the United Kingdom. She is Mouse Minor’s grandmother.
  • Queen Victoria - The human Queen of the United Kingdom. In the book, she is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.
  • Fitzherbert and Trevor - They are the bullies of mouse minor. Fitzherbert is the son of the Mouse Permanent Superintendent of the Mews, while Trevor is the son of the Mouse Controller of Stores.
  • Ian
  • Prince Bruno Havarti
  • Princess Ena – The Queen's granddaughter.
  • Prince Albert
  • B. Chiroptera
  • Queen Ann
  • Pegasus
  • The Bat Chancellor
  • The Mouse Princess – (Uncredited) The Mouse queen’s daughter. She is the wife of the Captain of the Guard. She gives birth to Mouse Minor, but dies shortly afterwards.


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Illustration competitions

  • 2014 The Illustrators 56 Travel Show
  • 2013 Society of Illustrators 56th Annual Competition (Book Category)
  • 2013 Original Art, Society of Illustrators
  • 2013 Gold Medal (Children's Market Category), Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
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