I Was A Rat! by Philip Pullman

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"I was a rat!"

So insists a scruffy boy named Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he now? A terrifying monster running wild in the sewers? The Daily Scourge newspaper is sure of it. A lucrative fairground freak? He is to Mr. Tapscrew. A championship wriggler and a budding thief? That's the hope of Billy and his gang. A victim of "Rodent Delusion"? So says the hospital doctor.

Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. And it may take a royal intervention--and a bit of magic--to convince the rest of the world. . . .

Set against the backdrop of a royal wedding--with a pertinent parody of the press--here's Philip Pullman's youngest, funniest novel to date: a magical weaving of humor, fairy tale, and adventure.

About Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman is the author of the acclaimed The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and the forthcoming The Amber Spyglass, as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries.
Published January 1, 1999 by Doubleday. 169 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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As The Daily Scourge trumpets the prince’s whirlwind courtship with a mysterious princess, humble cobbler, Old Bob, and his wife, Joan, share a more immediate concern when an exhausted lad in a torn page-boy’s uniform appears at their door, able to tell them only that he used to be a rat.

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The latest offering from Pullman (The Golden Compass; Count Karlstein) is a witty romp with fairy-tale roots. I was a rat! claims the boy in a tattered page's uniform who appears at the door of a

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But this wouldn't be satire if the makeshift family were simply to live happily ever after--and so begins a series of misadventures in which Roger (wildly unworldly and more than a little ""ratty in his habits"") is kicked out of school, appears as an exhibit in a traveling freak show, falls in w...

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