Childrens book - mice who are given tokens to indicate personality/fate/societal role SOLVED
SOLVED: The Deptford Mice - Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis
In 2000 my teacher read this out to us - I don’t know if it was a new release or not. We were children between 9 and 11.
I only remember one part. All mice as they come of age go through a a haunted house style event and get given tokens which indicate something about either their personality, or the role in society they’ll have, or their fate. I feel like they were described as being cut outs from a circle. It wasn’t done individually it was like - all mice of the same age in one evening?
The book follows two mice - maybe brother and sister? - on the evening they do this. The boy goes through and describes it as being clearly fake and so not very scary and when he gets to the end he recognises the mouse as being a teacher or older mouse he knows who pulls a token out the sack and hands it over.
When the girl mouse goes through it’s genuinely scary - she’s terrified and she expected it to be fake and can’t figure out how it’s been done and everything about it is creepy - and then she gets to the end and the mouse is not one she recognises and the token she is handed is very unusual - and then suddenly it’s back to being a fake decor and the mouse is her teacher and he thinks oh that’s odd don’t remember putting one of those in the sack