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Malcolm at Midnight
by W. H. Beck and Brian Lies

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When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There's just one problem...rats have a terrible reputation So when the Academy's iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence--and that even rats can be good guys.  Read more...


 
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More About Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck; Brian Lies
 
 
 
Overview

When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There's just one problem...rats have a terrible reputation So when the Academy's iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence--and that even rats can be good guys. Illustrated by Brian Lies of "Bats at the Beach," this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547681009
  • ISBN-10: 0547681003
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
  • Publish Date: September 2012
  • Page Count: 265
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-07-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Escapades, humor, and romance weave together in this madcap elementary school adventure from first-time author Beck. When fifth-grade teacher Mr. Binney mistakes Malcolm, a small rat, for a mouse and purchases him as a classroom pet, Malcolm develops an identity crisis. He soon learns that rats are held in low esteem by both humans and other animals, first from Mr. Binney’s read-aloud of The Tale of Despereaux (“Was that what people really thought of rats? That they are sneaky, conniving, lazy, greedy?”), and then when Midnight Academy members (pets from other classrooms) accept him only after he self-identifies as a mouse. Longing to prove his worthiness through “valor and merit,” Malcolm faces numerous challenges: Honey Bunny the rabbit’s distrust, Snip the cat’s evil plans against “the nutters” (children), and his forbidden friendship with fifth-grader Amelia. Lies’s (Bats at the Ballgame) detailed spot illustrations are a lively complement to the story, which is written in second person by an unnamed (but identifiable) narrator as an anonymous letter, complete with assigned classroom vocabulary and footnotes. A first-rate debut. Ages 9–12. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Sept.)

 
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