By Bill Richardson.
Reminiscent of The Goose Girl or Patrice Kindl's books, only goofier.
This is the story of Penelope, the one girl in Hamelin who was left behind when the Piper took his payment. She is deaf when she wakes up on the morning of her eleventh birthday, the day girls in her village traditionally go to see Cuthbert, the wise old sage of the forest, and have him tell them what their gifts are. Well, obviously things don't quite work out that way, and somehow Penelope ends up on a quest to save the lost rats of her... I mean, children of her town.
This is a whimsical book, with singing Trolavians and fuzzy dragons who are excellent at jump rope, but not very deep. Probably good for light reading sometime.
Of course, it's possible that I just have a weakness for books based on fairy tales.