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Children's LiteratureA laboratory rat has escaped and has accidentally stowed away on a creaky old space station. But this is no ordinary rat. This modified, lavender colored rodent, named Rat, has been specially trained by scientists to be a super spy rat. Rat has been taught sign language and computer skills in order to communicate. Unfortunately, Rat cannot access any food on the space station. So this intelligent creature writes a macro virus and puts it into the email start up routine of a lonely young boy's computer. Now Rat can write emails as if they are from earth. She hopes to convince the boy, Jeff, that she is his new pen pal and ultimately find access to food through him. The plan goes wrong when Rat accidentally chews through a wire causing a power outage and suddenly the hunt is on for the space station rat. Jeff is unaware that he is hunting down his new friend. Also in on the hunt are Jeff's scientist parents, the captain, several mini robots called sniffers, and his evil caretaker robot called Nanny. When Jeff realizes his new pen pal is Rat, the very rat that they are hunting to kill, he makes a decision to do what he feels is the right thing, despite the dangers. Young readers will enjoy the fast-paced, exciting action of this tale. 2005, Holiday House, Ages 7 to 10.
—Sally J. K. Davies