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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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2.0 out of 5 stars I hated this book Dec 30 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Search for the computor mannual. Feb. 14 2002
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Format:Paperback
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
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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.The school is a long way from the field the mouse live in.Along the way he follows another animal he doen't know what it is.One day he found the animal floating in the creek he pulled it in to shore.It was Racso he was a rat they became good friends and went to school at Nimh with the other rats together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars racso and the rats of nimh Oct. 18 2001
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Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read June 26 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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 pleasantly surprised. While the story was not as focused on some of our old friends (Mrs. Frisby, Nicodemus, Mr. Ages), the new characters were loads of fun to read about. We liked meeting Racso and hearing all about life in Thorn Valley. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first one as much as we did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Jane L Conly! Wonderful read! June 25 2001
By T. Gail
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and creative Oct. 9 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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 and their new home. The ending was excellent and definately something that I'd never expected and most of the characters keep their personalities and ambitions that they had in the first book. Each character is charming in his/her own way and I grew to love each of them. Definately give it a try :)
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