The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
Mouse Minor has no idea who he is or where he came from. To top that off, he has a tail in the shape of a question mark. The setting takes place in the royal palace during the time of Britain’s Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee where the humans and the resident animal kingdom are in a high state of preparation. Being the curious mouse that he is, he runs away one day after some older mice bully him in search of the queen, hoping that she will provide him answers to his questions. His adventures lead him into getting into even more trouble. Little does he know that at each turn, he is getting closer to finding out answers to his true identity. This books has some wonderful illustrations in color and black and white. It has a rich use of vocabulary and provides an interesting look at royalty.