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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President reinvents the Excalibur legend - with rats!

When Joey is bitten by an elderly rat, he goes from aspiring seventh-grader to three-inch tall rodent.

At first, Joey is amazed by his new rat self. The city streets call to him at night. Smells that would have repelled him before are suddenly tantalizing. (A chicken bone? Yes! A squashed cockroach? Like perfume!) And wow, the freedom! But when a bout of hunger leads Joey to pull the spork from the scone, he finds himself at the center of a longtime rat prophecy.

Joey has unwittingly unlocked the sword Ratscalibur; and now, it is up to him to protect his new rat friends from the evil crows who seek to destroy their peaceful kingdom. But what does an 11-year-old know about actual swordplay? And what happens when Joey no longer wants to be a rat?

©2015 Josh Lieb (P)2015 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“A witty mash-up of favorite fantasy motifs...Lieb’s obvious delight in laying out the vermin-world analogues of sword-and-sorcery staples is infectious. Readers will smile to see Popsicle-stick lances, peanut-shell helmets and, of course, the title sword, which is actually a spork - a spork that must be pulled from a scone. (Pun lovers will find no shortage of reasons to enjoy this book.)” (New York Times Book Review)

“Lieb gleefully spoofs Arthurian legend [and] Lintern’s elegantly drafted pen-and-ink drawings bring additional humor and suspense to the furry underbelly of the cityscape...a charming take on an old favorite.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Readers will root for Joey and his friends to prevail in this fast-paced and entertaining story about a magical world humans can’t see. Short chapters and plenty of action keep the story moving, while Joey’s worry and self-doubt make him a well-rounded character...A great choice for those who prefer their unlikely heroes in animal form.” (School Library Journal

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