Oh, Rats!
Oh, Rats!

Oh, Rats!

Illustrated by Gabriel Evans
9 - 12
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Aug 27, 2019
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When a hawk snatches up an adventurous squirrel named Phoenix, he’s ready to kiss his tail goodbye. But what should have been a death sentence becomes the beginning of a sweeping big-city adventure in this captivating novel by National Book Award–nominated author Tor Seidler. Phoenix is a pretty big deal in his neck of the woods: The biggest in his litter with the most lustrous fur and by far the bushiest tail, he’s one of the most sought-after squirrels in New Jersey–which makes his kidnapping by hawk even more dramatic. Luckily, the hawk doesn’t have the best grip. Unluckily, he drops Phoenix on a freshly-tarred street in downtown Manhattan. Now stripped of his gorgeous golden-brown coat, Phoenix looks like nothing more than a common sewer rat. Fortunately for Phoenix, it’s not a pack of sewer rats that find him (they’re a notoriously surly bunch), but rather wharf rats. Taken in by siblings Lucy and Beckett, Phoenix is welcomed into a rat pack living in abandoned piers on the Hudson. But when they learn of plans to demolish the piers, Phoenix is swept up in a truly electrifying scheme to stop the humans from destroying his new friends’ home.

What Kind of Book is Oh, Rats!


friendshipNew Yorksquirrels and chipmunksmice, hamster, guinea pigs, etc.adventure and adventurersrats

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Phoenix is a value to his new friends because of his past experiences climbing. What past experiences have you had that make you an asset or might help you in the future?
  • Phoenix learns a valuable lesson about appearance from his hardship and new friends. What have you learned from him about others’ or your own appearance?


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Book Details

Publication Date
August 27, 2019
Atheneum Books
Page Count
Middle Grade
Reading Age
9 - 12 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
Lexile® Level
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
Est. ATOS® Book Level

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