Rat Trap

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In this charming, stand-alone sequel to Space Station Rat, which The Bulletin called "light-years ahead of the competition," Jeff and Rat, still living on the space station, must forge a friendship that will survive old and new enemies.

Jeff and Rat return in this stand-alone sequel to Space Station Rat. Having defeated Nanny, Jeff's wicked robot caretaker, Jeff and Rat begin to learn more about each other. Jeff thinks Rat studies too much. ...
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Overview

In this charming, stand-alone sequel to Space Station Rat, which The Bulletin called "light-years ahead of the competition," Jeff and Rat, still living on the space station, must forge a friendship that will survive old and new enemies.

Jeff and Rat return in this stand-alone sequel to Space Station Rat. Having defeated Nanny, Jeff's wicked robot caretaker, Jeff and Rat begin to learn more about each other. Jeff thinks Rat studies too much. Rat is sick of how Jeff always wants to play games-after a life spent with harsh scientists, it's hard for Rat to let loose. Still, her friendship with Jeff grows stronger-the boy does bring her delicious fruit, after all-but then Rat learns that Dr. Vivexian from the lab she escaped from has figured out she is on the space station. And he's coming to get her.
Rat comes up with a plan to get rid of Dr. Vivexian for good that shocks Jeff. Can their friendship survive the disagreement? Will Rat escape from the scientist? And is Nanny really so out of commission as everyone thinks? In this adventure of genetically engineered rats, evil
scientists, and some scientists who may just save the
day, young readers will be thrilled to welcome back this
spunky boy and the lavender rat who belongs only to
herself.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
A bioengineered violet rat with white paws and a 12-year-old boy, Jeff, become friends on a space station where Jeff's parents are scientists. At first Rat and Jeff are not at all sure that they can trust each other, but Rat needs Jeff in order to get back to Earth, and Jeff needs a friend since there are no other kids on the station. Jeff can't get anyone to believe that his robot "Nanny" really wants to harm him. Rat is an escapee from the laboratory, sometimes chews through wires and is being hunted by the other occupants of the space station. She communicates with Jeff by signing and typing on a computer. Since scientists sometimes kill rats, Rat sees no problem with killing scientists. The action escalates when Dr. Vivexian, who created Rat, arrives from Earth to claim her. The chapters alternate points of view between Jeff and Rat. Velcro boots, jetpaks, a room with rebound panels of varying strengths, spaces with half gravity and rogue robots make this a great read for techie boys. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Children's Literature - Melissa Stickles
Jeff, a 12-year-old boy, lives on a space station with the biogenetic-engineered Rat. Rat wants to get back to Earth—and she needs Jeff to help her. What Jeff needs is a friend—he is lonely being the only child on the space station, and since his parents are scientists, they are too busy to play. He wants Rat to play games with him, but Rat gets tired of playing games. Jeff already has a hard time getting his parents to believe that his robot "Nanny" is out to get him, but right now she seems to be broken. Or is she? He can't be quite sure. For Rat, things couldn't be worse since she is constantly hunted by scientists since her escape from the lab, especially after finding the cables and wires that she chewed through. In their need for support and companionship, Rat and Jeff have learned to break barriers and to communicate to each other through the use of computers as well as through rat-to-human signing. However, just as they begin to trust each other, things get worse for Rat when the evil scientist that made her purple with white paws travels all the way from Earth to get her back! Rat's plan to save herself from the evil scientist is to kill him; after all, the scientist set out to kill Rat! Jeff and Rat learn a lot about trust and friendship in their adventure at the space station. A sequel to Space Station Rat, the two unlikely friends continue to learn about themselves as well as about each other through their out-of-this-world adventures! Reviewer: Melissa Stickles
Kirkus Reviews
Everyone on the space station believes Rat was killed in the battle with Nanny, a terrifying robot run amok. That's fine with Jeff and Rat. They are relieved that Nanny was destroyed. But was she? As suspicions mount that Jeff is sheltering Rat, Dr. Vivexian, the scientist from whose lab she escaped, heads to the station to find her. Meanwhile, despite Jeff's warnings, Nanny is being repaired. Rat is determined to remain free, but a resurgent Nanny threatens everyone on the station. With the help of LB, Dr. Wagg's experiment in AI, Jeff and Rat search for a way to destroy the insane Nanny while keeping Rat out of Dr. Vivexian's clutches. In this sequel to Space Station Rat (2005), Daley presents another entertaining outer-space romp in which the most vivid characters happen to be artificial. While the story is a mite thin on setting and characterization, the fast-paced plot is sure to please fans of computer games and sentient machines and serves to expand the rather skimpy field of middle-grade science-fiction books. (Science fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420933
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Pages: 212
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Daley has enjoyed a lifelong love of science, spaceships, and science fiction. He writes his stories on a solar-powered laptop in a five-foot by five-foot square tower room. This keeps him well acquainted with the cramped conditions in spaceships and space stations! There's a warm place in his heart for rodents of all kinds-unless they are chewing acorns in the tower walls. When not traveling the stars, Michael lives in Westminster, Vermont with his wife, children's author Jessie Haas. Visit his website www.michaeljdaley.com or www.spacestationrat.com for more information.

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