TITLE: WHITE ISLAND - An Adventure of Color
GENRE: MG - Fantasy
When the Danger Bell clangs in Phoebe Featherwell’s small village of White Mice, she learns that a huge creature has come ashore during the Dark Time and ransacked their food storage bins. Worse yet, her little brother, Maurice, has disappeared without a trace.
The Danger Bell rang out with a loud CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!
Phoebe awoke with a start. She hurried to the backyard to get Maurice, but when she looked inside his tent, he was nowhere to be found. Moments later, she and her parents were hurrying toward the Village Square to see what had happened to cause such a commotion at such an early hour.
“Oh, I hope Maurice hasn’t been hurt,” her mother said.
“He’s probably fine, Mother,” Phoebe replied as they rushed along. “You know how he wanders off chasing dragonflies and such.” And Phoebe didn’t give it any more thought for the moment.
A sizeable group of White Mice was already gathering when Phoebe and her parents arrived. Phoebe could see members of the White Guard patrolling the perimeter while others, with their weapons drawn, were conducting searches of the area surrounding the Village Square. This activity and the buzz of conversation filled the crisp morning air, and there was a great deal of anticipation and uncertainty evident on the faces in the crowd.
An elderly White Mouse with a small wooden cane shuffled up beside Phoebe and asked, “What’s all this fuss about, dear?”
Phoebe shrugged politely. “I’m sorry, but I don’t know, ma’am. It must be something very important, though.”
A few moments later, Mayor Oglesby, a rather heavyset, middle-aged White Mouse with long, drooping whiskers and very little hair left on the top of his head, climbed up onto a small, flat rock in front of the large Danger Bell.