Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics)

Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics)

by Sterling North


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Rascal is only a baby when young Sterling brings him home. He and the mischievous raccoon are best friends for a perfect year of adventure-until the spring day when everything suddenly changes.

A Newbery Honor Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142402528
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/23/2004
Series: Puffin Modern Classics Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 743,978
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sterling North (1906–1974) was awarded a Newbery Honor for the autobiographical Rascal.

Table of Contents

IXMarch and April181

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Everyone should knock off work, sit beneath the nearest tree, and enjoy Rascal from cover to cover. (The Chicago Tribune)

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Rascal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
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labfs39 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Things are pretty quiet in rural Wisconsin in 1917, unless, that is, you are eleven-year-old Sterling North. An avid naturalist, Sterling raises a variety of unusual pets: Poe, the crow, two skunks, a drooling St. Bernard named Wowzer, and assorted cats. His inseparable best friend, though, is Rascal, a young raccoon. Sterling relates the tales of his and Rascal's misadventures over the course of a year. From the unfinished canoe in the living room to the fenced off Christmas tree, life in the North household is unconventional, but warm and radiating that sense of childhood innocence in nature that often feels absent in today's less rural world. I listened to the audio of this book with my eight-year-old daughter, and she immediately began trying to tame a crow (raccoons being verboten near our chickens). Jim Weiss has a rich, warm voice and narrates the story beautifully. I think I actually preferred listening to this one rather than reading it, although it's been many years since I first read it. My only reservation with the book is the manner in which Sterling acquires Rascal; but the ending compensates. Well-deserving of the Newbery Honor.
brett28332833 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rascal is such an amazing book, at the beginning it's adventurous at the middle it's funny and at the end it's sad! Maureen Fergus is like a diamond you have to expose her to the world then let her shine!
ecugary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sterling North does an outstanding job of making the reader feel like they are right there. The imagery and sensory detail included in this book will keep every reader turning pages.This book would be a great way to introduce literary devices to students. Students can discuss terms such as sensory details together and look for examples within the text.
slmturner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An eleven year old boy, Sterling, lived in the early 1900's. He loved hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He comes across a raccoon and her babies one day. He decides to keep a baby raccoon for himself. Sterling named his newest pet Rascal. Rascal makes many friends, a dog, a horse, many people, as well as some enemies like Sterling's pet crow and their neighbor. Sterling and Rascal embark on many adventures together, but Rascal gets into trouble by stealing food from neighbors' farms. Eventually, Sterling has to put a collar and leash on his best friend as well as keep him locked up in a cage. As winter turned into spring, Rascal turned into a young virile male raccoon. Sterling realizes that for the safety of his best friend and for the happiness of the raccoon he must let him go.The author uses plenty of imagery and detail about the scenery. I could almost feel like I was actually there. It was heart warming reading about the wonderful friendship that develops between Sterling and Rascal. It almost makes me want to get a pet raccoon as well. There is one part near the end of the book where Sterling mentions how he is in a wheelchair for one winter. That is all it says. It left me very curios as to why he ended up in a wheelchair. The end of the story is the same way, it left me wanting to read more. Overall, I thought it was an excellent book.This would be a good story to read to a classroom to get students interested in books. The students would most likely enjoy the adventures that Sterling has as well as the trouble that Rascal gets into. After the story I could suggest several other books for further reading by the students. Students could also do a writing project. They could write their own version of what they think might happen next. There is not a right or wrong answer. It will let them use their imagination and practice writing.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rascal is a raccoon who befriends a young Sterling North. Together with Sterling's indulgent father, the raccoon and boy traverse the wilds of Wisconsin, camp near lakes, and watch wild deer and mink. It's a small book that draws beautiful pictures of life in America during the latter part of World War I.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Anyone who relates to animals will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was amaz , I could'nt get over how the moviwas just like the book
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cc3301 More than 1 year ago
At the North residence there are woodchucks, skunks, an absent-minded father, a half done canoe in the living room, an eighteen foot and a crow named Poe. Nothing at the North residence is shocking, including the new pet raccoon brought home by Sterling. Rascal is nothing but a baby when he is brought home to join Sterling¿s peculiar family. Sterling and the naughty raccoon were the best of friends. They swam, fished, and explored the country side. One spring day things out of nowhere became different. Sterling came to the painful realization that he could no longer keep Rascal. This is a wonderful and touching story of a friendship between a young boy and a raccoon, and also the boys growing awareness of the world happening all around him.
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Nikki31NM More than 1 year ago
Rascal is written by Sterling North and the setting is Wisconsin in the 1980's. Sterling lost his mother at a young age and to fill the void he has a various amount of pets, inarticulately his pet raccoon Rascal. One day Sterling and his friend Oscar and Wowser (Sterling's dog) were out in the wood when they found a raccoon den. The mother leaves one of her babies behind so Sterling takes it home. He learns how to feed him by Oscar's mother Sterling gives Rascal a place to sleep until Rascal opens his eyes and learns how to open the back door and then he sleeps with Sterling. Rascal goes everywhere with Sterling whether that fishing or to a store. Rascal is a very friendly raccoon to everyone except Poe the crow. Sterling and Rascal spent all summer, fall, and winter together, but when spring comes Sterling has a very hard decision to make. At the end of the Sterling decided to let Rascal decide where he wants to be, with Sterling as a pet or out in the wild. Rascal decides to live in the wild with a female raccoon. This book is a heartwarming story with a sad ending. This book would be perfect for the whole family, especially animal lovers. I loved this book because I love animals, for all the mischief Rascal and Sterling get into, and for the bond Sterling and Rascal had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book I have read many times, and it never gets old. This story can find the inner child in you. It teaches a lesson between a boy and his best friend rascal, and there many adventures during the war. The struggle between a young boy making a canoe and a curious little racoon who just wants to fit in with the other animals living around the the family home. This also a sad story, it teaches life lessons on how to grow a bond between two best friends. This is the reason I just love the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books as a child and as an adult. I still want a little "masked ball of fury" raccoon kit as a pet. :)
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TeamCrosby87 More than 1 year ago
it was pretty good. it's just not my kind of thing. it's more of a happy go lucky book, but the ending is kinda sad.
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Conny More than 1 year ago
My son, age 11, who is not an avid reader, thoroughly enjoyed this book. He identified with the young boy in the story and spoke about it for days. This book is full of innocent adventures and will be good for any caring child that cares about animals and the wild.
Kenneth_Leroy_Todd More than 1 year ago
I had a pet raccoon when I was five and another one when I was in my forties so I have familiarity with what is, in my opinion, the best pet there is. A raccoon is like several other pets all rolled into one. He looks like a dog when he chews (both mine were male), climbs like a squirrel, walks and spins in the air like a cat, is somewhat like a monkey, and is funny and curious and intelligent and warmly affectionate. The only downside is that you only get to keep them for a season. You get them as a kit in the spring (both mine came to be mine by unusual circumstances and were gifts, in every sense of the word) and in the fall you have to let them go or they will get mean if you try to hold them back. They are strongly instinct driven and have no fear.

My older brother gave me the book Rascal some time after I had my first raccoon, "Joe". I read it as a boy and loved it. Now, I am reading it to my seven year old and we both love it.

The story is well paced and nostalgic. The characters are at once familiar and interesting. The descriptions are amazing if you are familiar with nature, and there is a humor and a gentle sadness that is touching. It is a true story of a time ninety years ago, and more innocent.

I cannot say enough good about the book and I will not be wordy trying. Read it slowly and try to see it in your mind's eye.

You who love the haunts of Nature,
Love the sunshine of the meadow,
Love the shadow of the forest,
Love the wind among the branches,
And the rain shower and the snow storm,
And the rushing of great rivers
Through their palisades of pine trees,
And the thunder in the mountains...
Introduction to Longfellow's Hiawatha

"Rascal" is a wonder full book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rascal is a tale about a boy who has a coon not a dog for pet. This is possibly what makes the story so great. Or it maybe the many funny and magnificent adventures these two go through. I would set for hours hypnotized by there suspenseful adventures. perhaps the best one of all was when they went to the great lakes for two weeks with his father. This was my favorite because all they done was fish and goof off all day long for two weeks. It was also cool when they went school together and some one flipped rascal in the nose with a rubber band and rascal bit him. This story is perhaps the greatest ever written even though its about a curious little raccoon and his best friend. It¿s a story for all ages it¿s exhillerating , suspenseful ,and hilariously funny .I liked it so I think you will to. I recommend you read this book you won `t regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With animal friends out the gate, no mother, and an 18-foot unfinished canoe in the living room, Sterling¿s life is pretty amazing. When Sterling goes hiking with his friend and his St. Bernard, Wowser, they find a little surprise, literally. Sterling finds himself attached to a raccoon kit, and soon names him Rascal. They have unforgettable adventures together and can rarely be seen without each other. Rascal is a wonderful story of a friendship between boy and animal, and is recommended to everyone who enjoys inseparable friendships. Rascal and Sterling spend so much time together, they really are inseparable. Sterling would take Rascal with him wherever he went, whether it was to the store, or out in the woods. Sterling and his father went on a two-week getaway to explore nature and listen for whippoorwills and, of course, Rascal came. Even when Sterling went to school, Rascal came with him because his teacher asked the students to bring in their pets for a show-and-tell. Sterling would do almost anything to keep Rascal out of trouble. After Rascal is caught prowling through neighbors¿ crops, Sterling has to keep Rascal on a leash at all times so he goes and buys a really nice leash and collar. Sterling also has to keep him in a cage and he really doesn¿t want to because he doesn¿t want Rascal to feel like he has no freedom, but does it anyway. When Sterling¿s sister, Theo, visits, Rascal sleeps with Sterling so there won¿t be any `accidents¿. Most people who meet Rascal immediately fall in love with him. Sterling¿s Aunt Lillie falls for Rascal and wants to ensure his and Sterling¿s comfort while Sterling has the flu and has to stay with them. Jessica, Sterling¿s other sister, falls for Rascal too and doesn¿t mind if Rascal is in the house like most other people. Mrs. Sunderland, Sterling¿s friend Oscar¿s mother, is almost immediately in love with Rascal, and even teaches Sterling how to feed him when Rascal is only a baby. Rascal grows and grows, sometimes being a little mischievous, and loves Sterling more than anything. They have a bond that is forever unbreakable. This book is really astonishing by one boy¿s adventures with his pet raccoon, with people helping and people getting in the way, but this is a bond that is so strong. It¿s recommended for any animal lover, or someone who loves friendships because this boy¿s friendship with the raccoon truly is, unforgettable. E. Gray
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son and I sat spellbound by the incredible imagery we experienced reading the wonderful writing style of Sterling North. As a homeschool mom I loved the story, the excellent descriptive writing model, the science and history lessons that branched out. A must read for 9-12 year old boys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved how courageoous sterling wuz. go bananas!!