A painful but mesmerizing tale… Well-wrought characters (both human and rat), a compelling presentation of difficult moral questions, and a devastating portrayal of society’s dark underbelly make this novel hard to forget.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A meaningful story, both in the human world and in Blacker’s impressively comprehensive rat society, of the creeping dangers of mass hysteria and the power of bravery and compassion.
Readers who roll their eyes at books that suggest nobility and honor are implicit traits in talking animals (or talking humans, for that matter) will find this to be a bracing change of pace.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Told in alternating chapters between the rodent and human protagonists, Blacker’s novel introduces both the world of Dickensian street orphans and the hierarchical rat kingdom. The suspense builds as the characters’ worlds come closer and into conflict. This book will appeal to readers who are looking for a step up from the “Redwall” series, but are still interested in an action adventure filled with a magical merging of the known human and mythical animal worlds. … Both characters are relatable and readers will cheer for them as they find strength and grow in their adventures.
—School Library Journal
A great classroom discussion or teen book club choice.