Rat Rule 79

Rat Rule 79 : An Adventure

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From the New Yorker "20 Under 40" author of Atmospheric Disturbances comes a brain-twisting adventure story of a girl named Fred on a quest through a world of fantastical creatures, strange logic, and a powerful prejudice against growing up.

Fred and her math-teacher mom are always on the move, and Fred is getting sick of it. She's about to have yet another birthday in a new place without friends. On the eve of turning thirteen, Fred sees something strange in the living room: her mother, dressed for a party, standing in front of an enormous paper lantern--which she steps into and disappears.

Fred follows her and finds herself in the Land of Impossibility--a loopily illogical place where time is outlawed, words carry dire consequences, and her unlikely allies are a depressed white elephant and a pugnacious mongoose mother of seventeen. With her new friends, Fred sets off in search of her mom, braving dungeons, Insult Fish, Fearsome Ferlings, and a mad Rat Queen. To succeed, the trio must find the solution to an ageless riddle.

Gorgeously illustrated and reminiscent of The Phantom Tollbooth and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Rivka Galchen's Rat Rule 79 is an instant classic for curious readers of all ages.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 142.24 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Restless Books
  • NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 163206099X
  • 9781632060990
  • 1,034,254

Review quote

"One of the most ingenious children's books I've seen in ages. Full of intelligence, warmth, and wit. A page-turner in its own right!"

--Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
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About Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen is an award winning fiction writer and journalist who loves noodles and numbers and modest-sized towns where her dad might have worked. Her work appears often in The New Yorker, Harper's, The London Review of Books and The New York Times. She is the author of three books: Atmospheric Disturbances (Novel, FSG, 2008), American Innovations (Short Stories, FSG 2014) and Little Labors (Essays, New Directions, 2016). She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, The Berlin Prize and The William J Saroyan International Prize in Fiction. In 2010, she was named to The New Yorker's list of 20 Writers Under 40. Galchen also holds an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Rat Rule 79 is her first book for young readers.

Elena Megalos was raised in the City of Angels. When she was twelve-going-on-thirteen she dreamed of writing the cookie fortunes for her beloved neighborhood Chinese restaurant, The Unicorn. That, or illustrating a book for children. This is her first one. See more work at elenamegalos.com.
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Rating details

183 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 20% (37)
4 38% (70)
3 33% (60)
2 8% (14)
1 1% (2)
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