Monday, July 2, 2012

A Rat and a Ransom by Y. I. Lee

STORYLINE: Tom always wanted a pet, and when he finds a cute little rat, he names her Mask and convinces his parents to let him keep her. When he's kidnapped and held for ransom, Tom and Mask must safely escape.

MY THOUGHTS: Let me say it right up front—what I did not like about this book was the "twist ending". It felt jarring and out of place, and I felt just a little cheated, though not too much, as the plot had basically resolved by then.
Other than that, this book would make a good chapter book for 8-9-year-olds. The characters and plot are fairly simplistic. There are some longer words that younger readers might need help with, but I see that as a good place to expand vocabulary. Y. I. Lee did a good job of keeping everything tense but not overly-scary for kids.
Rating: three stars

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