Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, written by Lynne Jonell, is the first in a series about a girl named Emmy, her talking rat friend, and an evil nanny named Miss Barmy. This highlight continues my focus on middle grade authors from my home state. Published in 2007, this novel begins Emmy's adventure, Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls continues it, and new to bookstores is Emmy and the Rats in the Bellfry.
The premise: Everyone forgets Emmy, even her parents, although Emmy attempts to be good, as good as she can be. One day, a boy named Joe and a talking rat notice her, and Emmy is astounded. Emmy's creepy nanny, Miss Barmy, however, is plotting Emmy's demise, and Emmy doesn't know why but determines to find answers.
What keeps readers reading: An unlikely cast of characters. Rodents are good, nannies are bad, and professors are both. And parents? When parents forget, they must be saved! But with so many adults forgetting and other adults full of creepiness, Emmy and her friends must figure out who can be trusted. In Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Lynne Jonell weaves a funny, mysterious, and creepy tale.
Other MMGMers and their choices this week:
Please follow the links in my right sidebar ~~~~~~~~~~~>
Happy middle grade reading!