Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Why this book?
Like many members of my generation, I came across this story through its film adaptation. It wasn’t until I began writing a middle grade novel that I finally gave the book a try. The simplicity of the story pulls you in: humble field mouse Mrs. Frisby needs help, and her only hope lies in a nearby rat colony. As she descends into their eerily civilized community, we learn that this is not another cute novel for children about anthropomorphic animals. The rats are the product of an experiment designed to enhance their intelligence. Their newfound ingenuity has gifted them with culture and science, but also with greed and politics. To save her family, Mrs. Frisby must learn to navigate this treacherous world, even if it means becoming more like the rats.