The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

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One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town.

They'd have been really amazed if they'd ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money.

The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets....

Set in Terry Pratchett's widely popular Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping read is both compelling and funny. When one of the world's most acclaimed fantasy writers turns a classic fairy tale on its head, no one will ever look at the Pied Piper -- or rats -- the same way again!

 

About Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. He is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, and he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to literature. Pratchett lives in England.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins. 292 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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and when they agree grudgingly to just one more “plague,” they run up against an evil combining the worst of human and rat natures—and that only human, rat, and cat together can defeat.

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PW called this tale about a group of intelligent rat criminals, a kitty and a kid who develop a highly successful pied piper scam (until the rats develop a conscience) "an outrageously cheeky tale, with a dynamite plot and memorable characters."

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For this outrageously cheeky tale, British writer Pratchett pairs a dynamite plot with memorable characters—a group of intelligent rats sporting such monikers as Hamnpork, Big Savings and Darktan (they've been foraging in the University of Wizards' garbage dump and come up with "the kind of name ...

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The Bookbag

Amongst the presents I received on Christmas Day was this little beauty – The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett.

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SF Signal

The action sequences, however, were very well done and sometimes page-turning – like when the rats in the dog-fighting pit, or when the thinking rats go to war with the native rats.

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The Amazing Maurice is a flimflam man.

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