Title: The Tale of Despereaux Author: Kate DiCamillo Publisher / Date: Candlewick Press / 2006 (Republished) Genre: Children's Novel, Fiction Themes: Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy Summary: Despereaux is a small mouse with big ears and an adventurous heart. When he gets in trouble for speaking to a human, Despereaux is sentenced to the dungeon, where more adventures begin. This story has it all: Dungeons, castles, romance, action, fantasy, humor, adventure and family relationships. Curriculum Connections: Grades 2-5 Language Arts: Character Study, Setting, Elements of Fiction; Leisure Reading, Literature Circles Notes:Click here for a free discussion guide from Scholastic to accompany this book. Click here for a free extension activity guide from Scholastic for this book.