Malcolm at Midnight

Malcolm at Midnight

Book - 2012
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Malcolm, a smaller than average rat, loves life at McKenna School and the secret society of classroom pets that keep children out of trouble, but when Aggy the iguana disappears Malcolm must use all of his ratty persistence to prove his innocence and save her.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012.
ISBN: 9780547681009
0547681003
Characteristics: 265 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lies, Brian

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finnja22
Sep 23, 2016

A rare book where a rat is a positive, main character. Follows classroom animals and their adventures after the school closes.

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szarnstorff
Feb 14, 2016

An entertaining book set in a school that addresses problems like predjudice centered around a rat who is called a mouse, an iguana, rabbit and other characters.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 9-12. Malcolm the Rat probably feels like he’s in a rat race as he attempts to prove his innocence when Aggy the Iguana disappears.

MissAnnie Aug 15, 2013

Great little story for middle readers. Lots of adventure to hold the interest and everyone will want to be Malcolm's sidekick.

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ychi
Jun 22, 2013

Let's talk about this book's narration, because holy wow is it unique: written to the class's teacher from the students, the narrator addresses him as "you, Mr. Binney". It's subtle but effective. And footnotes linking to "vocabulary words" or hilarious commentary on specific students in the class are definite funny highpoints, a burst of awesome in each chapter. That being said, Malcolm isn't distanced at all from the reader due to the narration style. In fact, it'd be nigh impossible not to relate to him, thanks to the identity struggles he goes through. His interactions with the students and other classroom pets alike make him utterly endearing, someone to cheer for.

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