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Vasco, Leader of the Tribe
LIKE ALL THE rats in his tribe, Vasco loves to scurry around the harbor in search of discarded fish. But one day, he discovers that the members of his tribe have died under mysterious circumstances. Now Vasco is alone . . . until he joins some fearsome rats who live deep in the sewers. Among them, he makes some loyal friends and some daunting enemies. And as he begins to u ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Yearling
(first published November 13th 2007)
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When Vasco’s tribe is mysteriously wiped out by humans, he heads to the sewers to look for a new tribe of rats to join. That’s right: rats. And the author obviously did her homework. These rats are clicking their teeth, hissing, and peeing just like the real ones. This is definitely not a book for those who get queasy at the idea of seventy rats hitching a ride in the back of your pick-up, but if you can get past that it’s a somewhat dull (and far too long) story of the search for a home and wha ...more
Boring and annoying. The story of a young rat who leads his tribe away from exterminators. Every chapter or so, Vasco moans about the love of his life who has decided to love his friend. And every chapter has some great predicament that the young rat suddenly seems able to solve, which is rather unbelievable because he has no experience and no brains. His only talent is the ability to show emotions. It may appeal to some, but frankly, rats aren't very lovable anyway!
Anne-Laure Bondoux has received numerous literary prizes in her native France. Among her previous books published by Delacorte Press is The Killer’s Tears, which received the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France and was a Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book in the United States.More about Anne-Laure Bondoux...