Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O’Brien
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.
I felt I was reading two stories in one. At first I thought, wow, this kick-butt mom is going on adventure upon adventure to save her sick son. She braves a cat named Dragon, hops atop the back of a crow and soars over a new world, meets an owl, and so on. No wonder it won the Newbery medal. But pretty soon, that story ends just as quick as it starts and we’re now on a whole new story about a unique group of rats.
Either way, this book kept me in suspense. Well written, interesting premise, just expect two stories in one.