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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Illustrated by Zena Bernstein

Some extraordinary rats come to the aid of a mouse family in this Newbery Medal Award–winning classic by notable children’s author Robert C. O’Brien.

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.

Robert C. O’Brien was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Williams College and graduated from the University of Rochester. He was a writer and editor for Newsweek, National Geographic, and other publications. He lived in New York City and then in Washington, DC, with his wife and four children. Z for Zachariah—which is now a major motion picture starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor—was completed by his wife and daughter, with the help of his notes, after his death in 1973. He is also the author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and The Silver Crown.

* "Loyal, resourceful Mrs. Frisby . . . is the engaging heroine of this thoroughly engrossing, thought-provoking fantasy."

– School Library Journal, starred review

“Both the story and the tale within it are deftly told, fulfilling the first requisite of fantasy by making the impossible believable."

– Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • ALA Newbery Medal
  • Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award (KS)
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award
  • Mark Twain Award (MO)
  • Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
  • Bluestem Book Award Master List (IL)

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