Mouse by N. Scott Steadman

Disclaimer: I received the finished copy from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Mouse

Author: N. Scot Stedman

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: British Foster Care MC

Recommended For…: middle grade readers, techie, coders, mystery, boarding school

Publication Date: May 3, 2022

Genre: MG Techie Mystery

Age Relevance: 10+ (violence, abelism, bullying, death)

Explanation of Above: There is some violence mentioned and some of it is slightly shown. There is some bullying shown and death is mentioned. There is also some abelist language regarding making coding accessible to everyone, but the MC is not counting them as a real person in their regard. However, the MC does learn this is a bad  thing.

Publisher: River Grove Books

Pages: 302

Synopsis: TWELVE-YEAR-OLD MOUSE GAMMA has spent her entire life struggling to communicate. She’s never understood how to stop the bullies and negligent foster parents without causing more trouble than it’s worth. That is until she discovers the magic of code—a language that’s more powerful than anything she’s ever imagined.

To everyone’s surprise, Mouse is anonymously chosen to attend the prestigious Rickum Academy—an incubator for the brightest and most promising young minds in tech. Her excitement is short-lived as the mystery of how she ended up at Rickum very quickly unravels around her, threatening the safety of her new life and the innocent lives of those around her. With the help of her new friends, Ada and Boone, Mouse is in a race against her classmates, her teachers, and the most powerful man in tech to not only uncover the truth about who she is, but who she is not.

Review: For the most part I really liked this book! I loved that it was a coding/hacking book and that it had a very Spy Kids feel to it mixed with Ready Player One vibes. I thought that the book was solid and it had decent world building and character development. I really liked the book overall and I immediately gave it to a coder friend of mine to enjoy.

However I did have some issues with the book. The book is targeted and can be read by middle grade aged readers, but it does read a bit older. The MC especially sounds older and it’s sometimes hard to remember they’re 12. The POV sometimes changes randomly and it’s a little confusing for non-coders.

Verdict: It was good!