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Whortle's Hope is the second book in the Deptford Mouselets series by Robin Jarvis. It was first published in 2007 by Hodder Children's Books in London.


It is almost the time of the Fennywolde games, when the young field mice compete to see who will have the honour of being the head sentry of the cornfield for the entire summer. Young Whortle longs to win the competition, but not if it means his friends are going to sabotage the other competitor's chances. He wants to win on his own merits, but soon realises winning isn't the most important thing as another mouse needs the prize more than he does.


Chapter 1: Five Friends[]

Chapter 2: The Training Begins[]

Chapter 3: The Not Quite Phantoms[]

Chapter 4: Inside the Grelffit Houm[]

Chapter 5: Doubts and Progress[]

Chapter 6: The Dark Truth[]

Chapter 7: Aboard the Silver Hare[]

Chapter 8: Virianna[]

Chapter 9: Spitting Against the Storm[]

Chapter 10: Tears in Moonlight[]

Chapter 11: Swearing the Oath[]

Chapter 12: The Most Welcoming of Friends[]

Chapter 13: The Five Heroes[]

Chapter 14: Beneath the Flames[]

Chapter 15: Gifts from the Grelffit Houm[]

Chapter 16: The Games Begin[]

Chapter 17: The Completely Brilliant Dimsel Bottom[]

Chapter 18: The Savage Goddess[]

Chapter 19: Amnemsis[]

Chapter 20: The Head Sentry[]

Finishing Lines[]


  • According to The Deptford Mice Almanack, the Fennywolde games which are a major part of this book take place every year on 9 March.
  • Robin Jarvis has said that Whortle's Hope was originally going to star Todkin and would have been called Todkin's Aim.

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Robin Jarvis' Deptford Mice books
The Deptford Mice:
The Dark Portal | The Crystal Prison | The Final Reckoning
The Deptford Histories:
The Alchymist's Cat | The Oaken Throne | Thomas
The Deptford Mouselets:
Fleabee's Fortune | Whortle's Hope | Ogmund's Gift (unreleased) | Twit's Progress (unreleased)
The Deptford Mice Almanack