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What would happen if rats and a certain cat continually eat magically-infused orts from the Unseen University? Simple: they learn to talk. And if the cat refuses to eat anything that can speak, which seems to be a rather nasty habit among rats these days, it's time for Maurice and the rats to work together. Along with a slow-... What would happen if rats and a certain cat continually eat magically-infused orts from the Unseen University? Simple: they learn to talk. And if the cat refuses to eat anything that can speak, which seems to be a rather nasty habit among rats these days, it's time for Maurice and the rats to work together. Along with a slow-witted but kind-hearted rat piper they devise an elaborate plan to trick humans into paying the piper to get rid of one alleged rat infestation after the other, until they encounter three huge problems at once: another phoney rat piper, crooked rat hunters, and an actual rat infestation.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal
One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town.
They'd have been really amazed if they'd ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money.
The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets....
Set in Terry Pratchett's widely popular Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping read is both compelling and funny. When one of the world's most acclaimed fantasy writers turns a classic fairy tale on its head, no one will ever look at the Pied Piper -- or rats -- the same way again!
Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for "readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire "for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.