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Rat Life - Not Available from Ingram
Contributor(s):Arnold, Tedd (Author)

ISBN: 0803730209   EAN: 9780803730205
Publisher: Dial Books
US SRP: $ 16.99 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 04/05/2007
: Todd goes from making beds at his family's motel to working at the drive-in theater when he meets young Vietnam vet Rat. When a dead body is found in the Chemanga River, Rat seems to be a part of the puzzle.

Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#70718165
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
LC Subjects:
-Creative writing -Vietnam War, 1961-1975
-Veterans -Authorship
-Mystery and detective stories
INGRAM Categories:
- Topical | Friendship
Awards: Edgar Allan Poe Awards | Winner | Young Adult | 2008 - 2008
Dewey: FIC
LC Call Number: PZ7.A7379
LCCN: 2006018429
Features: Dust Cover
Initial Print Run: 10000
Target Age Group: 12 to UP
Physical Info: 0.79" H x 8.75" L x 5.59" W (0.71 lbs) 208 pages
Carton Quantity: 44  

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

School Library Journal (05/01/2007):
Gr 6-10Despite a slow start, this is a solid story set in the early 1970s, with a likable main character and a thrilling climax. Readers will sympathize with Todd, a creative, sensitive boy who helps his parents run a motel in upstate New York and dreams of becoming a writer. When he crosses paths with Rat, a moody young Vietnam veteran, he gets a job at the drive-in theater where Rat works, and finds himself fascinated by the young man, who is compelling but possibly dangerous. Todd begins to wonder if his new friend might have something to do with the unidentified body pulled out of the river. However, the mystery builds quietly as other elements take precedence, including Todds encounter with an abandoned puppy and the subsequent rabies shots he must endure, his resentment over chores at the motel, his struggles to write a story for English class, and his grandmothers deteriorating mental condition. When the river floods, both Todd and Rat are caught up in the disaster, and the truth comes out at last. The final chapters are riveting, but readers hoping for a fast-paced mystery might be disappointed by the leisurely unfolding of events up to that point. More patient readers will enjoy the details of small-town life and identify with Todds preoccupations and yearnings."Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library" Copyright 2007 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Publishers Weekly (05/07/2007):
In this dark and consistently gripping mysteryArnold's ("Parts") first foray into YA territory14-year-old Todd Anthony whets readers' appetites with a list of possible first lines, beginning with A dead guy washed up from the river. Set in upstate New York during the Vietnam War, Todd works at his parents' motel and spends his school days writing stories to entertain his friends. One day while biking home, he encounters a small dog; when Todd picks it up, it bites him and darts into the road where it is hit by a cement truck. He is forced to kill itit's been too gravely woundedand he is subsequently devastated. Todd keeps his actions secret; he writes about the incident for a school assignment, but is unable to turn it in. I pull her closer. Feel a tiny lick on my wrist. I'm crying. Shaking. I never knew what crying really was. While searching for the dog's owner, Todd meets Rat, a tattooed and evasive veteran only a few years older than Todd, who offers him a job at the local movie drive-in. Meanwhile, a dead body has been discovered in the nearby river and Todd begins to suspect that Rat is involved on some level. Arnold amply demonstrates his ability to write for an older crowd, spinning a suspenseful yarn with a dizzying climax that sweeps Todd off his feetboth literally and emotionallyand will likely do the same to readers. Ages 12-up. "(Apr.)" Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

Marc Notes:
After developing an unusual friendship with a young Vietnam War veteran in 1972, fourteen-year-old Todd discovers his writing talent and solves a murder mystery.

Review Quotes:
"Realistically and sensitively written as Todd's own manuscript, this entertaining and thoughtful account is an absorbing snapshot of early 1970s life, as well as fast-paced coming-of-age fare that should appeal to young male readers."--Kirkus Reviews

Review Quotes:
Realistically and sensitively written as Todd s own manuscript, this entertaining and thoughtful account is an absorbing snapshot of early 1970s life, as well as fast-paced coming-of-age fare that should appeal to young male readers. Kirkus Reviews


Publisher Marketing:
The dead body found in the Chemanga River has nothing to do with Todd. He's been busy making beds at the family motel and writing alien stories to entertain his friends. Sure, a murder is big news, but what would "really" interest him? A paying job and a story line free of UFOs and poop jokes. And then he meets Rat.

Just a little older than Todd, Rat's already been to Vietnam and back. He's got a tattoo and a messed-up family life. And when he offers Todd a gig at the drive-in theater, Todd takes it. After all, it pays actual money. But hanging out with Rat leads to a host of strange experiences and perplexing questions. More and more, that corpse from the river is on Todd's mind, and no matter how he shifts the pieces around, Rat is always part of the puzzle.

Review Citations:
  • Kirkus Review - Children 03/01/2007 pg. 216 (EAN 9780803730205, Hardcover)
  • Kliatt 03/01/2007 pg. 8 (EAN 9780803730205, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 05/01/2007 pg. 128 (EAN 9780803730205, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 05/07/2007 pg. 61 (EAN 9780803730205, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist 05/01/2007 pg. 44 (EAN 9780803730205, Hardcover)
  • Voice of Youth Advocates 06/01/2007 pg. 137 (EAN 9780803730205, Hardcover)
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2007 pg. 401 (EAN 9780803730205, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2007 pg. 361 (EAN 9780803730205, Hardcover)

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