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Geronimo Stilton - Editor Volume 1 Issue 13 - February 2005
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CHEDDARTON MOUSETTES WIN SOCCER TITLE

By Toni Tinypaw

NEW MOUSE CITYCheddarton beat Swissville 1-0 in the suspenseful final game of the playoff for the junior division championship of the Mouse Island Female Soccer League. Nine-year-old Priscilla Tutu Small was the winning scorer, making the game's only goal in the final seconds of play.

Cheddarton's star got her nickname when she rushed to practice one day after ballet class, forgetting to change out of her dance costume. She's been called Tutu Small ever since, and the name fits, because the tiny mouse barely reaches her teammates' shoulders. But little as she is, Small has been known to strike terror into the hearts of the beefiest goalies.

In this beautifully played game, solid defense held both teams scoreless until the last minute of play. Finally, team captain Xena Havarti saw her opportunity. Dribbling the ball down the left side of the field, she twisted and turned through the defenders. As she approached the corner, she swerved and kicked the ball right across the open goal.

Small had positioned herself to receive the pass, but it looked too high for her. For a split second, it seemed like Cheddarton's last scoring opportunity was over. But Tutu, thanks to her dance training, executed a perfect ballet leap. She rose to meet the ball in midair and tapped it in with the tip of her upraised tail. The crowd went wild and the Mousettes mobbed their little hero, practically smothering her with hugs.

When asked after the game if she hoped to play on the Mouse Island Olympic team one day, she said, When I grow up, I want to be a soccer player and a ballet dancer.

Judging by her performance today, it looks like both of Tutu Small's dreams will come true.

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EXPEDITION FINDS NEW KING OF THE JUNGLE

By Teddy von Muffler

AFRICATen years ago, while on safari in the African jungle, Sam and Janet Ratney lost their infant son Travis. It seems that the baby rat, then just a few weeks old, was kidnapped by wild monkeys. The Ratneys have never stopped hoping that Travis was still alive, but no one ever found any trace of him. Until now.

An expedition sent by the Mouseum of Natural History reports that they have found a young rat who must be the missing Ratney baby. Dr. Jessica Smartwhiskers, a scientist with the expedition, says that Travis was raised by his monkey captors and has grown up as one of them. He calls himself Zan-Rat, a name that means jungle lord in monkey language. Dr. Smartwhiskers is learning to communicate with him. They have become good friends, and she has even been allowed to visit his rat hole high in the trees.

She has learned that Zan-Rat speaks the languages of all the wild animals, and through his courage and cunning, has become King of the animals. His bloodcurdling battle squeak is a terror to all who would invade his kingdom. When he's not moving swiftly through the trees by swinging from vine to vine, he travels through the jungle on the back of a huge warthog. His monkey training has given him powerful muscles, and he can wrestle a full-grown mongoose to the ground with his bare paws. Furthermore, he may be the only rat in history who can hang from a branch by his tail.

When asked if she was afraid of her wild new friend, Jessica said, Not at all. He may be wild when he's with the monkeys, but he's a perfect gentleman with me. I think he's kind of cute.

Did she think she could tame the mighty Zan-Rat? Jessica had a quick answer to that one: I certainly hope not. He's perfect just the way he is..

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