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With a naturalist's expertise the author has created a very believable animal civilisation to rival Watership Down in its depth and complexity, as well as page turning adventure.
First a rat must earn his name. Then he must live up to it. This is the story of Gabble, a young rat with a wild, beloved, but unpredictable brother, Ash. At the start of the book Ash tricks Gabble into going out with him on a 'name raid', a dangerous mission to earn a True Name, normally reserved for older rats. Gabble finds himself drawn into a perilous adventure, crossing boundaries, fighting with enemy rat packs, and eventually being forced to confront both his brother and himself in the most dramatic fashion.
This is a beautifully told story - The School Librarian
'The world of rats is carefully created and delicately described.' - The Book Trust
'A book to dig down deep into, and make a nest with.' - Imogen Williams, Middle Grade Strikes Back blog
|Publication date:||19th January 2016|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
Tom Moorhouse lives in Oxford, where he enjoys the refreshing and perpetual rain. When not writing fiction he works as an ecologist at Oxford University's Zoology Department. Over the years he has met quite a lot of wildlife. Most of it tried to bite him. He loves hiking up mountains, walking through woods, climbing on rocks and generally being weather-beaten outdoors. Pouring words into books makes Tom very happy. His novels include The Rising, River Singers, and Trickster. Tom talks in greater detail about The River Singers (this is an extended version of the video on the book ...More About Tom Moorhouse