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Lynne Jonell. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat  
Henry Holt  $21.00  ISBN 978-0-8050-8150-3  352 pg.
Reviewed by Kaelyn, Age 12

Emmy trudged back to her classroom, hoping that her face hadn’t turned blue, or pimply, or that her hair hadn’t started to fall out. Why did Miss Barmy keep giving her medicine? She was never sick. And she didn’t have mental problems, so why did the nanny keep setting up appointments with the psychologist?

“I’m not the one who’s crazy,” Emmy muttered to the Rat as she sat down.   But the Rat was still sulking and wouldn’t look at her. So Emmy wrote a note, rolled it up tight, and pushed it between the bars of the Rat’s cage just as the bell rang. She didn’t bother to make sure no one was watching her, because no one ever did.
  “Hey Emmy,” whispered Joe Benson, grinning all over his freckled face, “are you sure that rat can read?”

A thrilling tale of two children, Joe Benson a star soccer player with a very strict father, and Emmy, the type of girl who gets straight A’s in everything, trophies in all her extracurricular activities, but strangely goes unnoticed, until the day she passed a note to the class rat; the day that Joe Benson spoke to her for the first time. And then there is Rat, taken from his nest as a baby, who has a strange fear of a certain rat professor, who seems to be in league with Emmy’s nanny, the notorious Miss Barmy!
 
Lynne Jonell has written an intriguing book, a suspenseful thriller that will have you on your toes! This book would be a great book to read aloud, or just for reading by yourself. I would recommend this book to any confident reader Grade 4 and up.
 
I give Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat 4 stars. A great read!

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