This is the story of a young mouse named Errol who takes a ride on a ferry and visits the mines of Bell Island. Errol’s best friend, Old Rat, has told him wonderful stories about how the mice and rats first came to Newfoundland as stowaways on the big sailing ships. Errol longs to have his own adventure but his parents are unhappy when he strays too far from their garbage box home. Errol, however, is a mouse on a mission and early one summer morning, he decides to follow his dream. A tale of narrow escapes and dogged determination, it’s Full Speed Ahead for our intrepid rodent. Errol’s Bell Island Adventure is a first chapter book for ages 7 and up.
Full Speed Ahead: Errol's Bell Island Adventure
Sheilah (Roberts) Lukins lives with her husband in Portugal Cove-St.Philips. She has published two non-fiction books, Rain, Drizzle and Fog (Boulder Publications) and For Maids Who Brew and Bake (Flanker Press), nominated in the special interest category of Cuisine Canada's National Culinary Book Awards. Full Speed Ahead is Sheilah’s first children’s book.
Laurel Keating is an award-winning artist whose illustrations are familiar to Newfoundlanders.With an eye for detail and a sympathy for all living things, Laurel brings her characters to life with warmth and humour. Children have delighted in her rich and colourful illustrations in Find Scruncheon and Touton (1 and 2) and Yaffle's Journey. She lives in scenic Portugal Cove, which she has called home all her life.
Errol is certainly no ordinary mouse, and his surrender to the lure of adventure makes for an exciting, effervescent tale that will charm readers of all ages. — Ed Kavanagh,author of the Amanda Greenleaf series