Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rat Life by Tedd Arnold

Humph. Not sure what to think about this Edgar-Award-winning novel. Too many exclamation marks for a teen boy narrator. A few cheesy lines, but some underclassmen boys could find this little read interesting.

Todd befriends Rat, a Vietnam veteran at age 17, and the two start a strange friendship. Rat's home-life stinks and when a body is found in the river, Todd wonders if war veterans really can snap. The Chemanga River flood of 1972 adds an adventurous climax to the teen mystery.

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