240 pages, 8.38 × 5.38 × 0.6 in
January 4, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0689710682
ISBN - 13: 9780689710681
About the Book
When mouse widow Mrs. Frisby needs advice on how to move her children safely, she consults the rats who live under the rosebush. Not only do they help her, they tell her of their escape from a laboratory where experimentation had made them literate, and of the brave death of her husband. Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book; "Horn Book" Fanfare Book.
From the Publisher
Some extraordinary rats come to the aid of a mouse family in this Newbery Medal Award-winning classic by notable children's author Robert C. O'Brien.
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She 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. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.
About the Author
Robert C. O'Brien
In real life, Robert C. O'Brien was Robert Leslie Conly. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, attended Williams College and graduated from the Universtiy of Rochester. While there he studied piano at Eastman School of Music, and at one time considered being a musician. Instead, he became an editor and writer for Newsweek magazine from 1941 to 1944, and for Pathfinder from 1946 to 1951. From 1951 until the time of his death in 1973 he was employed as a writer and editor by the National Geographic Magazine. He made his home in New York City before 1944 and in Washington, D.C. after that. He also had a home in Morgan County, West Virginia, after 1965, a place he loved and visited as often as he could. He was married and the father of one son and three daughters. His books include The Silver Crown, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which won the Newbery Award, and A Report From Group 17. His last book, Z is for Zachariah was nearly completed at the time of his death; the last few chapters were written from notes by this wife and one of his daughters.
From Our Editors
The mysterious rats that live deep beneath the earth under the rose bush in the garden are Mrs. Frisby's only hope. Her youngest, Timothy, is ill and the ploughing will shortly begin - which means a moving day for the mouse family. Taking the elevator down the electrically lit tunnels and strange chambers of the colony, Mrs. Frisby must consult with the oldest, wisest rat of them all: Nicodemus. So begins a magical adventure, with echoes of Watership Down, of the marvellous laboratory rats with their super-intelligence and the quest to help one little mouse escape certain death. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH garnered the late Robert C. O'Brien a 1972 Newbery Medal. Made into the gorgeous animated feature film in 1982, this contemporary classic comes to a new generation with a freshly designed cover and the original title.