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Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever

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As much a moving memoir as it is an amusing pet manual, Misunderstood is a unique nonfiction book for teens and tweens about domesticated rats in general and a wonderful rat named Iris in particular. Brimming with smarts and energy just like its furry subjects, Rachel Toor's text blends history and science with profiles of interesting people and autobiographical anecdotes as it joyfully sets the record straight about why this reviled creature is actually a most amazing species. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of domestic rats—and may be convinced to adopt one themselves.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 21, 2016 – Toor (On the Road to Find Out) artfully weaves extensive research and personal enthusiasm into a humorous treatise on the merits of rats, "perhaps the world's most unfairly reviled species," as pets. In a book that serves, in part, as a memoir of Toor's late pet, Iris, she tackles head-on the visceral objections of many ("Fleas spread plague, people! Not rats") and extols the charms of the domesticated rat. In chapters ranging from practical ("Get Thee to a Rattery" covers where to acquire a pet rat) to discursive, Toor addresses key concerns for any potential rat-owner, including their sociable nature, food and exercise requirements, health concerns, and short lifespan. Drawbacks such as rats' need for attention, tendency to stash items in shoes, and ability to get lost even in small apartments are often embedded in endearing anecdotes. While Toor is unapologetically gushy (one photo of her pet is captioned "Iris, the poochiesnoogins honeymunchkin"), the book is well targeted to animal-loving teens, and Toor's conversational tone, wealth of information, and ebullience could sway many skeptics. Ages 12 up.
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 7-13
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Animals
  • Published: Jun 07, 2016
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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