When Ratboy Lived Next Door
by Chris Woodworth (Goodreads Author)
From the spring day in 1962 when Willis Merrill and his pet raccoon arrive in Maywood, Indiana, they are nothing but trouble for Lydia Carson. Lydia nicknames Willis "Ratboy" and wonders why he can't be more like his handsome older brother, Elliot. Life gets more complicated when Lydia alienates Elliot by insulting Willis and comes to a standoff with her mother. In her str...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 17th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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This book is about a boy named Willis Merrill who is a new neighbor and he just moved in next door.But his next door neighboor,Lydia,thinks he is worst person ever!She hates willis merrill so much that she gave him a nickname,"Ratboy".As the summer weather starts fading away lydia realizes that something in "Ratboy's" house is going on,she just don't know what it is.But,as she's worrying about "Ratboy's"problems "Ratboy"finds something sneaky about lydia's house too,but he just don't know what i...more
This is much more than the average middle grade novel about family, school and neighbors. I felt the characters were very realistic and sometimes hard to like. But Lydia learns some difficult things about her own family and her neighbors and they make her a better person. Would be a good book club book because there is a lot to talk about.
CHRIS WOODWORTH’s debut novel, When Ratboy Lived Next Door, was hailed by School Library Journal as “an outstanding offering from a first-time author.” Her novel, Double-Click for Trouble, was selected as finalist for Best Book of Indiana–Children’s Literature and her book, Georgie's Moon, won Best Book of Indiana-Children's Literature. Her newest novel, Ivy in the Shadows, will be released in 201...moreMore about Chris Woodworth...