external image The%20Tale%20of%20Despereaux.jpgThe Tale of Despereaux is a great junior novel about a brave mouse. It offers food connections as well as material to discuss family, friends, bravery as well as history/culture. A castle is the setting which could lead to an interesting study of medival life. The audio book version of this novel is wonderful and would be a fun way to engage students in the story. Much of the story takes place around a discussion of soup.