The Mouse and the Motorcycle

by Beverly Cleary

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1965


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 860L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level o


Interest Level: Grades 3-5


Major Awards: Nene Award (1969), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award (1968), Iowa Children's Choice Award, William Allen White Children's Book Award


Number of Pages: 176 pages


Approximate Word Count: 53,680 words -- The average reader will spend 3 hours and 34 minutes reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle at 250 words per minute.


Audible Book Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins


Book Themes: Friendship, Dangerous Mission


Genre: Fiction, Children's Literature


Setting: the Mountain View Inn, a battered resort hotel in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of California


Important Quote: Neither the mouse nor the boy was the least bit surprised that each could understand the other. Two creatures who shared a love for motorcycles naturally spoke the same language.


First Line: Keith, the boy in the rumpled shorts and shirt, did not know he was being watched as he entered Room 215 of the Mountain View Inn.


Point of View: Third Person


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