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R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of N I M H [Hardcover]

Jane Leslie Conly , Leonard Lubin
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June 1 1990
An eleven-year-old aspiring ballerina and a talking dog learn that one's dreams are often not matched by one's abilities.

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Margaret feels responsible when she and her autistic brother Artie (R-T) get lost in the woods. But when she discovers that Artie has kept secret from her the mysterious visits to their newly-discovered cave by a talking rat named Christopher, she is furious. Her plan to hold Christopher hostage in exchange for a rat escort home backfires; and the youngsters find themselves spending a glorious summer with the super-intelligent rats from NIMH, while learning about living off the land through their own resourcefulness. This fast-paced adventure fantasy revolves around the metamorphosis of overweight, unhappy Margaret. Though too many of the relationships among Conly's minor characters spark briefly only to fizzle out--demanding less emotional commitment than earlier installments in the Rats of NIMH saga--the novel proves enjoyable for its excitement and believably drawn characterizations of the children and their amazing rodent friends. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 4-8-- Overweight and sullen, Margaret resents the way her family's life has to revolve around younger brother, Artie, who was left with the inability to speak following an illness in infancy. While on a camping trip, the two children become hopelessly lost, and are discovered by Christopher, one of the younger generation rats from Rasco and the Rats of NIMH (Harper, 1986) . The children are accepted into the Thorn Valley community, and Margaret slowly discovers her own worth as she helps the rats accomplish major tasks that her size makes easy. Artie is treated with kindness and compassion, even though his clumsiness causes several disasters. With the approach of winter, the rats realize that they cannot provide the children with shelter against the cold, and the painful decision is made to return the children to their home and trust that they will be able to keep quiet about the rats' existence. This new adventure about the rats of NIMH does not disappoint. The characters are full and rich, and Margaret's change from an unhappy, unpleasant girl to one with strong self-esteem is gradual and believable. The plot is strong, and while the climax is quieter than in the previous books, it is heart-wrenching. The ending begs for a sequel, and so will readers. --Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, TX
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format:Paperback
the book was really good and its good for all ages. if there was a fourth one i would be the first one to have a copy. i recomend this book to everyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two, but still good Dec 15 2002
Format:Paperback
I loved Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH every since I was in middle school. I read an excerpt from it in a literature textbook and had to read the entire novel. It became an all-time favorite of mine!
I was well into adulthood when I found out the daughter of the late author Robert C. O'Brien had written two sequels. I eagerly bought them and read them. I can't tell you what a joy it was to go back and visit those beloved characters again and pick up where the first book left off. I have to applaud Ms. Conly for continuing this series in the way she did. You really do believe it is the same author writing them! This was a very fitting tribute to her father. The way the original book ended, you know O'Brien intended to write a sequel, had he lived.
I enjoyed this third installment for the most part and liked the introduction of the two human characters. The only real problem I have with R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH is the fact that you have animals talking to humans. I can suspend disbelief when animals are talking to other animals, but with people it is a bit of a stretch, even if the animal is super-intelligent. But that is just a minor complaint, and this is a children's novel, right? So it can be overlooked. I would recommend this book to anyone 9 to 13 years old, but only after they have read the first two books. I did like it, but not quite as much as the others.
Now if only Jane Leslie Conly would continue the series! Why stop at a trilogy? And why haven't these books been released as a high quality hardback box set? Oh well, maybe one day..
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK ON EARTH....... March 22 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
DO YOU LIKE ACTION? ADVENTURE? ANIMALS? IF SO THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. SEE THESE TWO KIDS GO CAMPING AND THEN ET LOST, BUT THE RATS OF NIMH SAVE THEM. WELL ANYWAY AFTER THAT THE KIDS HAVE TO KEEP A SERET AND MAKE SURE NO ONE HURTS THE RATS, BUT IS IT ALL THAT EASY. WELL IT..........OOPS WHY DON'T YOU READ THE BOOK AND FIND OUT. I CAN GUARANTEE YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST COULDN'T STOP REAING IT.
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By Tou Lee
Format:Paperback
The sequel to the great children's books-Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh and Racso and the Rats of Nimh-this book is not as good as its two predecessors, but still is a very good book to read. This time around, two kids get lost, and are stumbled upon by the "special" rats, and a whole new world of fun begins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two, but still good Dec 15 2002
By R. Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH every since I was in middle school. I read an excerpt from it in a literature textbook and had to read the entire novel. It became an all-time favorite of mine!
I was well into adulthood when I found out the daughter of the late author Robert C. O'Brien had written two sequels. I eagerly bought them and read them. I can't tell you what a joy it was to go back and visit those beloved characters again and pick up where the first book left off. I have to applaud Ms. Conly for continuing this series in the way she did. You really do believe it is the same author writing them! This was a very fitting tribute to her father. The way the original book ended, you know O'Brien intended to write a sequel, had he lived.
I enjoyed this third installment for the most part and liked the introduction of the two human characters. The only real problem I have with R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH is the fact that you have animals talking to humans. I can suspend disbelief when animals are talking to other animals, but with people it is a bit of a stretch, even if the animal is super-intelligent. But that is just a minor complaint, and this is a children's novel, right? So it can be overlooked. I would recommend this book to anyone 9 to 13 years old, but only after they have read the first two books. I did like it, but not quite as much as the others.
Now if only Jane Leslie Conly would continue the series! Why stop at a trilogy? And why haven't these books been released as a high quality hardback box set? Oh well, maybe one day..
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An uninspired finish to the Rats of N.I.M.H. Jan. 11 2007
By James Pettis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:School & Library Binding|Verified Purchase
The first book, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H.", was excellent (yes, even better than the movie). The second book, "Racso and the Rats of N.I.M.H.", was a very good sequel - not as good as the first, but well in line with the spirit and quality of the original (and fortunately completely divorced from the poor second movie). This third book is average at best. It centers alternately on Racso and two human children. Although Racso is not an unappealing character, the significant focus on the humans in the book takes the story outside of what a N.I.M.H. fan like myself enjoys about the stories. I also found the ending to be depressing and predictable. Only recommended to die-hard N.I.M.H. fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third book of the " trilogy" on the Rats of NIMH April 27 2013
By leaf stacker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This story follows a logical progression of the lives of the main characters in the previous two books and ties two new characters into the overarching story line. A young girl and her brother find themselves maturing through the adventure they are thrust into. They discover self worth and purpose as their own character is developed. Again, for me, I love the Rats because of their resourcefulness, their creativity, their nobility, and their own ability to preserve the way of life they desire.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an exciting, thrilling, yet sad book. March 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Turtleback
This is the third book in the series of NIHM books. It tells what happens when two kids get lost in the forest and have the opportunity to get to befriend the rats of NIHM. The ending is terrific! Is there a fourth book in the series?? Please let me know. I want to know what happens to these creatures that have become so intelligent!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and inspiring Jan. 2 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Turtleback
Jane L. Conly has an amazing gift for accurately describing the thoughts and feelings of young people. She not only made me feel as though the children and the talking rats were real, she made me fall in love with them. Although I like to think of myself as a "reasonably sophisticated" 40-year-old woman, I cried when I read the last pages--just as I would have if I had been ten years old again.
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