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When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys. Ill...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sara
Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck with illustrations by Brian Lies tells the story of Malcom a classroom rat. After arriving at McKenna school he soon finds himself part of a caper involving a secret society of school pets, and evil cat and a kidnapped iguana. Malcolm must use his smarts and wits and his human friends to clear his name and to help save the school.

I loved this book. Malcom was delightful and his relationships with the other pets and his classmates were fun to read. The book is nar...more
Caroline Akervik
Malcolm is a rat who is suffering an identity crisis of sorts. He aspires to be a rat of “valor and merit,” a heroic rat. The problem is that his friends at the McKenna School, both human and animal, are suspicious of rats in general and mistake him for a mouse. Honey Bunny, one of the leaders of Midnight Academy, despises rats and claims that they are “skuzzy garbage-eaters who lie and cheat.” Malcolm aspires to be the rat he is inside, the rat he is when he is alone at midnight, while striving...more
Eden
Let's talk about this book's narration, because holy wow is it unique: written to the class's teacher from the students, the narrator addresses him as "you, Mr. Binney". It's subtle but effective. And footnotes linking to "vocabulary words" or hilarious commentary on specific students in the class are definite funny highpoints, a burst of awesome in each chapter.

That being said, Malcolm isn't distanced at all from the reader due to the narration style. In fact, it'd be nigh impossible not to rel...more
Jennifer
MALCOLM AT MIDNIGHT will appeal to fans of mysteries and animal adventures, particularly fans of Humphrey the Hamster, Despereaux the Mouse, and the Rats of NIMH.

McKenna School has a newbie: Classroom mouse Malcolm. He is quickly inducted into The Midnight Academy, a secret society of all the classroom pets at McKenna School. They meet under cover of night and are devoted to keeping the school kids safe. Malcolm loves the school, and he loves the club, but he has a secret… he’s not a mouse at al...more
Holly
I really enjoyed listening to this delightful mystery about Malcolm, a smaller than average rat, who becomes the newest fifth grade pet at McKenna School. Malcolm will steal your heart! He meets a secret society in the school called the Midnight Academy, which is made up of classroom pets who look out for the nutters (kids). Unfortunately, since rats have a bad reputation, Malcolm lets the misunderstanding go uncorrected that he's a mouse. One day the Academy leader, an iguana named Aggy, disapp...more
Joseph
Absolutely fantastic! On par with Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Carmen Agra Deedy's The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. A must read for lovers of animals acting like people stories.
Sara
Devoured in a day. Impressive laying of plot-groundwork in this mystery. Animal illustrations gorgeous, as expected of Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach fame. Excellent dialogue and rich atmosphere--we get to know the school intimately through Malcolm's nose, ears, and over-gnawed whiskers.

Regrettably, the primary antagonist is a cat--but though a villain, she's a tragic one.

Will definitely recommend to my library patrons!
Suzanne
This is a wonderful animal tale. I would not call it an "animal fable" because it does not really reflect any lesson or tell anything about society.
Malcom is a rat that has been mistaken for a mouse that the 5th grade teaher Mr. Binney has purchased as a classroom pet. Malcom struggles to be the rat he really is and yet wants to be the cute mouse everyone thinks he is. Malcom discovers and introduces readers to the underground, after-hours world of Mckenna School: The Midnight Academy.The Midn...more
Janet
This is a wonderful story! There is a lot of action and suspense. It was hard to put down when I knew it was time to go to bed. It has some great lessons about friendship, self-esteem, honesty and integrity.
Kinzie
You will want to stay up all night reading this because it is such a good book. I read this until 4:00 in the morning. I reccomend this for people who are night owls.
Sally
Even my 11 yr old who is usually too big for read alouds listened along. We all loved it.
Sara Truog
Juvenile novel about a very small rat named Malcolm who gets adopted by an elementary school teacher and taken to the classroom. Upon arriving at school, he discovers that all of the classroom pets have formed a secret society which is surprisingly instrumental to the school's smooth functioning. When a kindergarten iguana goes missing, Malcolm gets in trouble with the society and must clear his name and save his friend!

Reminded me of The World According to Humphrey - but with mystery and intrig...more
Erica
When I say 'rat' what words come to mind? Sneaky? Evil? Untrustworthy? Well don't believe everything that you read in books. Rats aren't all bad--and Malcolm is determined to prove that even though he is a rat he can still be have valor and merit like everyone else in Mr. Binney's classroom. Of course, Mr. Binney wouldn't have bought Malcolm in the first place if he didn't think he was a mouse. It's not Malcolm's fault he's so small though. As if being mistaken for a mouse wasn't enough Mr. Binn...more
Teresa Bateman
In the beginning you have to compare this book to the Humphrey series by Birney, which tells the tale of a golden hamster who is a class pet and involves himself in the lives of the students. Indeed, there are a lot of similarities at first. Soon, however, this story of Malcolm, a rat who is rather small and is mistaken for a mouse, takes a turn. The other classroom pets meet at midnight. They have club with rules and regulations and goals. They also have a strong prejudice against rats. Malcolm...more
Kidsmomo
Review by Karen, intended for young readers:

If you’ve read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, then you know that some rats can be very smart and very brave. In that book, it’s only a small group of rats who could be that way — and I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read the book by telling you why. But in Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck (illustrated by Brian Lies), you’ll discover that even rats NOT from NIMH can be intelligent and noble. You guessed it — I’m talking about a rat named Malcol...more
Kim McGee
Malcolm at Midnight is too cute! The story starts out with poor Malcolm at the pet store who is about to become food for someone's snake but has been spared because of his demure size. He is taken to a 5th grade classroom (horrors!) where
he becomes a class pet and then meets the Midnight Academy made up of all the other class pets. The Midnight Academy looks after the school and tries to protect all its members. There is a fish who spells out in pebbles messages, a backstabbing rabbit, an iguana...more
Nancy
Malcolm at Midnight, by W. H. Beck, is a delightfully engaging book. I was so glad to receive a copy in a Goodreads give away. It is a fast paced read for young readers and the beautiful illustrations will keep them entranced. Malcolm, a very small rat with shiny intelligent eyes, has newly arrived at McKenna School as the fifth grade class pet. The kids love him and the other class pets have welcomed him into their secret Midnight Academy. The problem is everyone thinks he is a cute adorable MO...more
Donna
Cute story about Malcolm, a rat, and his adventures inside the school where he is a class pet. The story is told in a letter written to the teacher. One night, while exploring the school, Malcolm discovers the other class pets have created a group called the Midnight Academy. When they find put that he is a rat, not a mouse, they instantly distrust him. Things begin to happen, animals start disappearing, the humans start acting strange. There is a missing ring, a bad cat, and some sketchy humans...more
Anne Pace
Sep 03, 2012 Anne Pace added it
Shelves: middle-grade
Malcolm, a very small rat, is saved from a fate as snake fodder by Mr. Binney, a fifth-grade teacher who buys him for a classroom pet. Malcolm soon discovers the existence of the Midnight Academy, a secret society made up of the school's pets, who meet at night, working together to keep McKenna School safe for themselves, as well as the nutters (children) and lankies (adults). Though Aggy, the Academy leader, takes Malcolm under her wing, some of the other animals don't trust rats, and Malcolm s...more
Kent
I do not usually like talking animal stories. This goes back to my days in school when my teacher told me I had to read something. I didn't like being forced to do so then any more than I do now. So I have never enjoyed that particular genre. But this story was actually pretty good. Yes, it was pretty predictable, but there were enough twists in the plot to keep it entertaining. The author substitutes other words for swear words, like "scraps" that could have been left out to still make the stor...more
Jody
Nov 16, 2012 Jody rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
I really loved this book. I listend to it on audio and the narrator was great too, which helped.

Malcolm is a rat (who is often mistaken for a mouse) and goes to live in a school as a class pet. He starts out living the good life in his deluxe cage, but quickly becomes involved in adventures and intrigue with the Midnight Academy (made up of the other "critters" in the school), trying to clear his name, and secretly communicating with his human friend.

This was just really enjoyable and unique. I...more
Loretta
This book came highly recommended by my 10 year old granddaughter. I really enjoyed it. It was clever, fast-paced and delightful to read.
Heidi
I didn't know if I'd click with this book during the 1st CD, but soon I was enjoying the story and Malcolm's adventures and journey of self-discovery. It's not a life-changing book for me, but it was an entertaining story with a few good lessons that could be had if you choose. I enjoyed the audio version, though while looking at the print to see the pictures I missed I was upset to find that all the fabulous footnotes were left out of the audio. Why? They could easily have been included thus ad...more
Jacqui Sheppherd
Great book! Malcolm has merit and valor just like Despereaux. Good read allow with many cliff hangers.
Sandy
Apr 05, 2014 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
We listened to this as an audio book. It was a cute story.
April
When the teachers and students are away, the classroom pets will play. Malcolm At Midnight by debut author WH Beck is an utterly charming middle grade story about identity, friendship and doing the right thing. Enhanced by gorgeous illustrations by Brian Lies, Malcolm At Midnight is the sort of book I would recommend to the animal obsessed elementary school student.
Read the rest of my review here link goes live 9/17/12
Fran
GAG is what I think. Anthropomorphized animals, problems with POV, and problems with details (rats can't cover their eyes with their ears!)
Ina
Jan 23, 2013 Ina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: j-fic
This is a mystery/adventure story surrounding a group of school classroom pets who meet at midnight, told through the eyes of Malcolm the newest addition. There are references to the Tale of Despereaux. and this story is reminiscent of Kate DiCamillo's wonderful story, but gentler. The illustrations by Brian Lies are wonderful, as well as the relationships that develop between the classroom pets and their "nutters" (the students in the classrooms). Fun, interesting story and wonderfully interest...more
Lisa Fabiano
Malcolm, a rat so small he is mistaken for a mouse, is the new Room 11 class pet. As he learns more about Mckenna School, he meets the Midnight Academy, a band of classroom pets who pledge to keep the halls of the schhol safe. When one of the Academy's members goes missing, Malcolm sets out to find out what happened. Will he prove himself and become a member of the Academy or will he always be considered just a rat? A fun story about being true to yourself with wonderful artwork that enhances th...more
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School librarian by day; children's writer by night. Author of the funny middle grade mystery, MALCOLM AT MIDNIGHT (Houghton Mifflin, 2012). Also writes under the name Rebecca Hogue Wojahn.
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“You talked to us about what kind of fifth-graders we wanted to be this year. How it was all in our choices, every minute of our days. How even grownups like you had to think about it sometimes, to be the person they wanted to be.” 2 likes
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