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The Rat Queen



by
Pete Hautman

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536218589
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Violence: General
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From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman comes a mysterious modern-day fairy tale about developing a moral compass—and the slippery nature of conscience.

For Annie’s tenth birthday, her papa gives her a pad of paper, some colored pencils, and the Klimas family secret. It’s called the nuodeema burna, or eater of sins. Every time Annie misbehaves, she has to write down her transgression and stick the paper into a hidey-hole in the floor of their house. But Annie’s inheritance has a dark side: with each paper fed to the burna, she feels less guilty about the mean things she says and does. As a plague of rats threatens her small suburban town and the mystery of her birthright grows, Annie—caught in a cycle of purging her misdeeds—begins to stop growing. It is only when she travels to her family’s home country of Litvania to learn more about the burna that Annie uncovers the magnitude of the truth. Gripping and emotionally complex, Pete Hautman’s inventive yarn for middle-grade readers draws on magical realism to explore coming of age and the path to moral responsibility.

Author’s note. Glossary.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 10

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2023

Book Genres

Magical Realism

Topics

Fairy tales and folklore adaptations. Conduct of life. Family secrets. Guilt. Fathers and daughters. Rats. Baltics.

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