The Truth About Rats (and Dogs)

  • Pages:160
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:rats, sibling rivalry, family pressure, animals, pets
  • Available:09/01/2006
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:730L
  • ATOS:4.6
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Unlike his perfect older sister, Jenna, Conner hates his piano lessons and gets bad grades in math.

Conner's really good at bike tricks and he loves animals, but his parents have a no-pets rule and they don't take his bike-riding seriously. When the local animal shelter gets overcrowded, everybody in Conner's pet club agrees to take in a foster pet. Conner has to hide his rat, Oscar, from his family, who would never believe that Oscar is smart and cute and pretty lovable. Or would they?

"The story is above average, the characters are well developed and the plot moves along at a good pace. Recommended."
– CM Magazine
Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award   | 2007  |  Short-listed