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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547681003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547681009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-6-"A lot happens in a school when the teachers aren't looking." Malcolm the rat learns that very quickly when he is adopted as the pet for Mr. Binney's fifth-grade class. After everyone has gone home, the school comes alive with the activities of the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that endeavors to protect the school. Malcolm is accepted into it on a trial basis but runs into trouble right away when its leader, an iguana named Aggy, goes missing. The other members blame Malcolm for the disappearance, so it becomes doubly important for him to find Aggy-to ensure her safety, and to clear his name. The story is a bit long-winded, but Malcolm is thoroughly likable, and the action sequences keep the pages turning. Lies's frequent illustrations, which are soft and expressive, do a lot to endear Malcolm to readers. Some aspects of the tale strain credibility, like how Malcolm communicates with a student by pointing to words in the dictionary, and some plot elements seem somewhat convoluted or poorly explained. Overall, though, the winsome illustrations and Malcolm's appealing character make this debut novel a satisfactory selection. It may also be a good choice for younger students who are reading above grade level yet aren't quite ready for heavier emotional or thematic content.-Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"A rip-roaring tale; even rodent haters will have to like Malcolm."—Kirkus

"Escapades, humor, and romance weave together in this madcap elementary school adventure . . . A first-rate debut."—Publishers Weekly

"This creature-feature leavens spookiness with healthy doses of whimsy."—Booklist

"Malcolm is thoroughly likable . . . a good choice for younger students who are reading above grade level yet aren't quite ready for heavier emotional or thematic content."—School Library Journal


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Malcolm the rat was purchased by the fifth grade teacher Mr. Binney as a classroom pet.
Marina Ginos
I also love that the story is not only engaging but that the vocabulary is mountable but challenging.
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Appropriateness: This is a fantastic book that will be enjoyed by the middle grade audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lizz A. Belle VINE VOICE on August 21, 2012
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I got this book in hopes that I would find another Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which is one of my most favorite books. This book has many similarities to the Rats of NIMH, especially in terms that Malcolm, the main character, is determined to prove that rats are not just dirty scrounging creatures. If you have read Mrs. Frisby, you will love this book.

Malcolm is a very small rat, so everyone mistakes him for a mouse. He is the last of his litter left at the pet store, which is likely a good thing since most of his kin likely became snake food. Malcolm is purchased by Mr. Mark Binney, a fifth grade teacher at McKenna Elementary school. During Malcolm's first night as a classroom pet, he escapes his cage and meets the other school pets in the library, who have formed a sort of protection agency for the school known as the Midnight Academy. The members consist of a trantula, a rabbit, three chicks (who only speak in three word exclamations), a fish named Oscar (he does not speak at all), two hamsters, a hedgehog, a turtle, a hermit crab and their leader Aggy, an iguana. The villian in this book is a cat named Snip who was abandoned by her little girl and has been seething for revenge every since. To keep it short, Aggy disappears and the Academy thinks it is Malcolm's fault. Malcolm is determined to clear his name and save the day by finding Aggy and foiling Snip's fiendish plot.

All the characters in this book are very well written. Malcolm is immediately charming and sweet and makes a fantastic hero. Snip is clearly deranged but in such a sad way that it makes her madness more melancholy than maniacal. All the members of the Academy are well developed and very likeable. The human characters in this book are also well utilized even though they are secondary characters.

I loved this book and I certainly hope Malcolm may return for more adventures in the future. I very highly recommend this to young kids and any fans of Robert C. O'Brien.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2012
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Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck with illustrations by Brian Lies tells the story of Malcom a classroom rat. After arriving at McKenna school he soon finds himself part of a caper involving a secret society of school pets, and evil cat and a kidnapped iguana. Malcolm must use his smarts and wits and his human friends to clear his name and to help save the school.

I loved this book. Malcom was delightful and his relationships with the other pets and his classmates were fun to read. The book is narrated by a mystery writer to the teacher and there are lots of footnotes defining the vocabulary words that the narrator adds to the story. The book has a bit of everything friendship, adventure, mystery and even a touch of romance and the pictures are fantastic. I tore through the book enchanted at every turn, this is a book I will be buying for gifts.

Appropriateness: This is a fantastic book that will be enjoyed by the middle grade audience. It will appeal equally to girls and boys (Malcolm is a boy but his best student friend is a girl) and has some great vocabulary for growing readers. I would recommend this book to readers 10-14 and it is fully appropriate for younger advanced readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles S. Holzheimer VINE VOICE on August 16, 2012
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When it comes to adolescent literature I ask my 12 yr old son to read the books and provide me with information for a review. I also read the book and then we discussed it to come up with the review itself.
The reading level is right at about high elementary or early middle school and my son had no problems with vocabulary or understanding what was being presented.
He liked the storyline which deals with the animals of the school doing things at night while the nutters (kids) are not around. Malcolm wants to improve the lot of the lowly rat when he first arrives. Nothing goes well and he suffers a series of setbacks. When the head of the animal group is kidnapped, he has the chance to prove himself. The author leaves the mystery hanging until the very end of the book, something that both frustrated and enticed my son.
This book has appeal for both boys and girls.
My son and I both recommend this book and think it would be a great text for a book report or at least to include in the classroom library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thom Mitchell VINE VOICE on August 15, 2012
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As a fan of illustrator Brian Lies' work, I had high hopes for this book and they were met. Malcolm at Midnight is a great tale and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (Aladdin Fantasy). The tale is one almost every young reader who attended elementary school can identify with: the protagonist, a young rat in this case, is the new pet in school and desperately wants to fit in but nothing seems to go right. Eventually after many twists and plot turns involving the other elementary school pets, students and teachers, everything comes out okay in the end and Malcolm finally finds his place.

If you know the books Bats at the Beach or Bats at the Library, you know the kind of work illustrator Brian Lies can deliver and he does an excellent job supporting W.H. Beck's story. The drawings augment a well-told story without becoming the focus. The use of liberal footnotes disguised as vocabulary definitions adds a fun touch to the book as well. I think this book could be destined to be a classic - but at a minimum it is a perfect gift to any young reader, male or female, who enjoys a rollicking tale and has an affinity for animals.
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