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I Was a Rat!

ISBN 
9780440866398
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R150.00
Published 
October 2004
About the book: 
When a small boy turns up on Bob and Joan's doorstep unable to say much except 'I was a rat', the kindly couple adopt him. It seems strange but Bob reads about odder things every day in his newspaper. To them, the sunny little chap is Roger, and he's trying hard to adapt to human life. But when he gets lost and ends up on the run, other people, egged on by their newspapers, are quick to see him as the Monster, a rodent fiend who could terrorise the town. Only a friend in a very high place could save Roger from the authorities who are determined to exterminate him- Cleverly weaving elements of the Cinderella story into a subtle parody of modern times, master storyteller Philip Pullman has created a gallery of fascinating characters from the virtuous to the villainous, in a book which will grip every reader who picks it up.
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About the Author
PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass , The Subtle Knife , The Amber Spyglass ), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek  and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly . He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass  (and the reader-voted “Carnegie of Carnegies” for the best children’s book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass ; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass ); Parents’ Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife  and The Amber Spyglass ); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
 
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust , the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts.
 
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford , Once Upon a Time in the North , and The Collectors . For younger readers: I Was a Rat! ; Count Karlstein ; Two Crafty Criminals ; Spring-Heeled Jack  and The Scarecrow  and His Servant . For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke , The Shadow in the North , The Tiger in the Well , and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes ; and The Broken Bridge .
 
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. Photograph © Michael Leckie