November 7th, 2012 by Karen
If you’ve read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, then you know that some rats can be very smart and very brave. In that book, it’s only a small group of rats who could be that way — and I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read the book by telling you why. But in Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck (illustrated by Brian Lies), you’ll discover that even rats NOT from NIMH can be intelligent and noble. You guessed it — I’m talking about a rat named Malcolm!
Malcolm starts life as a pet store rat, but his adventures start when he is purchased as a school pet — except he’s mistaken for a mouse! And that really seems to matter to some of the other school pets, who long ago formed the Midnight Academy, a group that secretly keeps the school safe and running smoothly unbeknownst to the humans.
As part of the Academy, Malcolm would be sure to have an interesting time anyway — but when he gets kicked out of the group after they discover he’s a rat and think he’s responsible for a pet-napping, well, Malcolm is about to experience some real excitement (and danger!) as he tries to clear his name.
Review copy from the publisher.