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Racso and the Rats of NIMH [Hardcover]

Jane Leslie Conly , Leonard Lubin , Robert C. O'Brien
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May 23 1986
Timothy Frisby, a field mouse, teams up with the adventurous young rat Racso as together they try to prevent the destruction of a secret community of rats that can read and write.

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Taking up the tale where her father Robert C. O'Brien ended Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Conly does full justice to his Newbery-winning novel. So does Lubin, depicting the endearing company that now includes a cheeky little rat named Rasco. Growing up in the city, Rasco has heard about the intelligent NIMH escapees from his father, Jenner. Leaving home, the boy is looking for the legendary rats who, he hopes, will help him to become educated and valorous. Rasco meets the gentle field mouse Timothy Frisby, on his way to the rats' school in the valley. The long journey cements their friendship as they rescue each other from perils before arriving at the peaceful colony. As time passes, the members get news of the worst possible danger, when Mrs. Frisby flies in on the wings of the crow Jeremy. Human beings, the widow warns, are about to flood the river, wiping out the rats' settlement. Rasco's learning is interrupted by the need to prove his heroism. He does that, rejoined by his father, who lends a self-sacrificing hand to his old comrades. The story is tense, funny and poignant in the classic tradition.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 4-7 This sequel to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Atheneum, 1971), written by O'Brien's daughter, continues the NIMH saga with a focus on the second rodent generation: Timothy, Mrs. Frisby's son, and Racso, son of the rebel rat Jenner. On his way to classes at Thorn Valley, Timothy saves Racso's life but is himself severely injured. Both reach the Utopian colony only to discover that the valley and surrounding farms are to be turned into a tourist lake and campgrounds. Insecure and arrogant when he first arrives, Racso learns more than just how to read. In fact it is he who suggests a plan to save the colonysabotaging the dam site computer. Although the rats' plans fail, the dam opening is postponed by a heroic act of Racso's father. While the continuation of the NIMH story is most welcome, Conly's novel lacks the light touch of O'Brien's work, as well as the richness of character development and description. Timothy, for example, is too perfect a mouse to be very interesting, and the leader Nicodemus is often a tedious moralizer. Racso, on the other hand, is most appealing when he gets into trouble. Mrs. Frisby, Jeremy and Mr. Ages are unfortunately peripheral characters in this story. Conly sets the stage for the next sequel, for one reporter appears to believe that the computer was sabotaged by intelligent rats. Perhaps in the next installment, Racso's joie de vivre will rub off on the other rodents of Thorn Valley.Yvonne A. Frey, Peoria Public Lib . , Ill.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful book for grade schoolers Dec 13 1999
By A Customer
Children who enjoyed _Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH_ will be pleased to find that they can continue the adventure with _Racso and the Rats of NIMH_, regardless of what adults may think. Some criticize this book as being of lower quality than the first, but to the child many of the distinctions are negligible. The first does indeed have a superior story and writing style, and I do personally prefer it, but _Racso.._ is an excellent companion as told from a different point of view. Much like Brian Jacques' Redwall series, these books share settings more than they do characters. Set some time after the first book, _Racso.._ takes place primarily in the school set up by Nicodemus and the other rats of NIMH to teach young mice and rats and fulfill their plan of making their kind independant of mankind. To adults, the story may seem less magical than the first because it incorporates more elements of human life and interaction rather than creating a separate society (as in _Watership Down_), but as a child I did not see the difference. Indeed, the idea of the young mice going to school only made logical sense to me, and in hindsight I believe it may even have given me a greater appreciation for education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Dec 15 1997
By A Customer
"Racso and the Rats of NIMH" is one of the best books I have ever read. It's about a rat named Racso who has always wanted to be a scientist. So Racso ran away from home in the city to try to learn to read and write. During this time a young mouse by the name of Timothy was going to school in Thorn Valley where the rats of NIMH lived. On his way to school he met Racso. Timothy invited Racso to come to school with him. When they got to Thorn Valley they were four days late because Timothy was usually flown by a crow named Jeremy. The rest is for you to read, and I definitely recommend you do. I really liked the way Jane Leslie Conly put the story together to get the book, and how Racso told tall tales, like his family was very rich and lived in the bottom of a mansion. I thought that was funny. What I didn't like was that the book was too long, way too long to read in two weeks. I read over 200 pages in about a week and on Tuesday I read over 100 pages. I recommend this book to people who like funny adventure stories like the first one, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH". Review by Jacob Gilden, Duniway School, 4th grade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Jane L Conly! Wonderful read! June 24 2001
By T. Gail
Anyone who loves Jane Coly's work or the famous Rats of NIMH *or both!* will want to read this book. I read it as a child and still find it a great diversion as an adult. The story is of an adolescent rat named Racso who meets Timmothy on his way to school with the rats of Thorn Valley. The plot thickens as Racso meets the rats of NIMH and finds that thier standards of country life and living are quite different than his old city life. Intent on finding a way to impress them and convince them to let him stay, Racso tries to hatch a plan to help the rats, and perhaps the whole Thorn Valley! This book is a bit more youth-oriented than Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, but it does contain an element of adventure and ethics that made the first book so popular. If you love anthropomorphic animals *particularly rodents*, this book will be well worth looking in to. There is another book in the series, FYI : R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH. I hope you enjoy this book, I sure did!
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2.0 out of 5 stars I hated this book Dec 30 2000
By A Customer
I am a 5th grader, and recently I was given an assignment to read this book. Earlier in the school year, we read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, which was good, but I didn't enjoy it as much since I had read it many times in kindergarten and first grade. The book is boring and fast-paced, and it seems like Jane Leslie Conly has perhaps watered down the writing, perhaps to make it less difficult. The book got considerably better in the end, but still it was poorly written and boring. The plot was actually quite good, but the way everything went so quickly was confusing, and yes, I didn't like it. It was also too long for such a dull book. Usually I would think that 278 pages is short, but the way it drags on, it was a slow read for me. However, some parts were interesting, nevertheless, the first one was much better. I enjoy books by J.K Rowling, Brian Jacques, Anne McCaffrey and others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Original Oct. 3 1998
By A Customer
I recommend reading the Robert C. O'Brien original "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh" before this title, in order to better understand the plot line.

Having said that, I find this book superior to the original work. Ms. Conly is skilled in writing for her audience--grade schoolers. Mr. O'Brien suffered (though not extremely so) from a common writing quirk in many children's books--too much exposition, too flowery language--which gives the young reader problems in following the story.

Ms. Conly does much better writing in a clear, straightforward manner. Come to think of it, a lot of writers of adult material could use this ability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars racso and the rats of nimh Oct. 18 2001
By A Customer
This would be one of the best books I have read in a long time, and I am pretty picky about what I read. After reading Robert C'obrians "Mrs.Frisby and the rats of nimh" I was very inspiered and felt I wanted to read the next book. I like the charecter, Racso so much I bought a black birre (hat)to look like him. Jane Leslie Conly did such a good job on continuing the story, that I thought it was the same author. I started out thinking that Mrs.Frisby and the rats of nimh would be boring, and I ended up loving the book. I have started to read RT, Margaret and the rats of nimh and think I will enjoy it very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Search for the computor mannual.
This was no doubt the most intelligent and fun book I have ever read. I believe that anyone would like this book. Anyone above the age of 6 could read it and understand it
Published on Feb. 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Justin Russell's review of Racso and the Rats of Nimh
I read the book Racso and he Rats of Nimh.Iliked this book because it is about a field mouse who decides to walk to school. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read
My children (ages 4,5, and 7) and I really enjoyed this sequel to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. I admit that I didn't expect this book to be as good as the original, but was... Read more
Published on June 25 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and creative
I read the Secret of NIMH then read this book immediately afterward. The author keeps the story in continuation with the previous book (The Secret of NIMH) and focuses on the rats... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Tou Lee's review of Racso and the Rats of Nimh
The sequel to the outrageously wonderful, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, Racso and the Rats of Nimh is just as entertaining and fun to read. Read more
Published on May 12 2000 by Tou Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar's point of view (rasco spelled backwards haha)
Thais book is intruging to the young readers. I read this book twice it was so good. the author uses words that make this book more enthuseastic. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULY EXCITING
i started reading and i could not put it down racso and timothy have many adventures while preparing for a great big adventure
Published on Dec 8 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for children.
Racso and the Rats of NIMH was a great book it actually was my favorite utill I read another great book. I would recommend reading Mrs. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 1999
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