An eleven-year-old aspiring ballerina and a talking dog learn that one's dreams are often not matched by one's abilities.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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..