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The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot
     

The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot

by Judy Cox
 

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This is the tale of two rat brothers who live in a cage in Miss Dove's fifth-grade classroom. One day Millicent Mallory leaves the cage door open, and the rest is history...

When Frederick and Ishbu escape their cozy cage in Miss Dove's fifth grade classroom, they find themselves on the wildest adventure of their lives. They follow the trail of the Burmese

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This is the tale of two rat brothers who live in a cage in Miss Dove's fifth-grade classroom. One day Millicent Mallory leaves the cage door open, and the rest is history...

When Frederick and Ishbu escape their cozy cage in Miss Dove's fifth grade classroom, they find themselves on the wildest adventure of their lives. They follow the trail of the Burmese Bandicoot, a beautiful and mysterious statue, from the underworld lair of the Big Cheese to a tropical island that may not be the paradise it seems.

"The action-packed story should readily hold readers' attention."

-Publishers Weekly

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-5
Brave Frederick and his timid brother are pet rats in Miss Dove's classroom. When Frederick bites a cruel student who is harming Ishbu, they are threatened with extermination and flee to the outside world. They are captured by the Big Cheese, a blind possum who hates humans and runs San Francisco's rodent underworld. He offers them rewards if they can steal a gem-encrusted bandicoot figurine, but the brothers refuse and manage to escape, boarding a ship that eventually sinks in a storm. They are washed ashore on an island dedicated to the Hindu rat goddess Karni Mata, where the rat high priestess shows them their talisman-the coveted figurine, which, as it turns out, contains poison that can wipe out the human race. After a few twists and turns, the brothers realize that they must somehow return to San Francisco to save humankind from danger. The story has too many coincidences to make the events believable, even for a fantasy. The author occasionally insinuates her voice a bit too much into the narrative, presenting facts that are intrusive to the plotline and do not further the story. Children might enjoy the nonstop action and Frederick's problem-solving ingenuity, but discerning readers will be disappointed by the many contrivances.
—Sheila FiscusCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
After escaping from their comfortable classroom cage, two rat brothers journey around the world, caught up in a plot to steal a jeweled statue-the fabled Burmese Bandicoot-and to exterminate humankind. More adventure than mystery, this is an inviting introduction to what promises to be a series starring courageous Frederick and comfort-loving Ishbu. Cox returns to the idea of rats as classroom pets she introduced in Third Grade Pet (1998), with these engaging explorers, personified but still representative of their species in appearance, skills and appetites. Frederick's excellent education is nicely counterbalanced with Ishbu's strong moral sense. Occasional classic quotations support the idea that, though caged, Frederick has paid attention in class. Small drawings of the rats introduce each short chapter. An endnote provides some facts about rats and bandicoots, as well as the Karni Mata Temple, the Fire Balloon Festival of Myanmar and the Australian Big Bird Race, all of which appear in the story. Fast-paced and suspenseful, this is solid entertainment for the middle-grade reader. (Fiction. 8-12)

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ISBN-13:
9781475938388
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/29/2012
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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