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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

  Author(s) & Illustrator(s): Robert C. O'Brien, Zena Bernstein

  Edition: Paperback -- Plot Summary and Book Review

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (Paperback)    

  • "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh" by Robert C. O'Brien, winner of the Newbery Medal, is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. Author Robert O'Brien effectively combines elements of animal fantasy and science fiction in this chapter book and tells a captivating story with believable characters and an interesting plot. A widowed field mouse, Mrs. Frisby, needs to move her family to their summer home quickly before a farm's plow comes, but one of her children gets seriously ill and cannot go out in the cold. She seeks help from the rats of Nimh, highly intelligent rats who live under the rosebush. These animals have been captured by the scientists at the Nimh lab and given injections that have vastly boosted their intelligence. They can read and write. The rat leader Nicodemus tells Mrs. Frisby the story of their escape from Nimh. It turns out one of the escapees is Jonathan Frisby, Mrs. Frisby's late husband. The rats now have a plan to grow their own crop and form a self-sufficient colony in Thorn Valley. "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh" appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade.
  • Reading Level: Children in 4th grade through 7th grade
  • Paperback, 240 pages
  • ISBN: 0689710682
  • Publisher: Aladdin Books
  • Genres: Fiction - Animal Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • Chapter Books

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