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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. H. Beck Narrator: Charlotte Parry Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781470328030
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W. H. Beck’s highly anticipated debut promises to delight young readers with an imaginative tale about a rat who refuses to be judged by his appearance.

Malcolm the rat loves the attention he gets as a pet at McKenna School. That’s where he meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets who’ve pledged to keep the students safe. The trouble is, rats have a bad reputation, so when their iguana leader is kidnapped, the Academy suspects Malcolm.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Malcolm at Midnight has all the valor and adventure of The Tale of Despereaux with the hysterical wit of Frindle, which will keep kids both laughing and mesmerized. It’s got everything a young reader wants—mystery, cliff hangers, a fast pace, engaging characters, a satisfying story. Three cheers for the fresh and funny Malcolm!”

    Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award Winner

  • “It’s my kind of yarn when a classroom pet nibbles on a social studies textbook but finds it too dry. And when an owl is unnerved by its food talking back. Malcolm the rat does indeed have valor and merit. So does his story.”

    Richard Peck, Newbery Medalist

  • “Escapades, humor, and romance weave together in this madcap elementary school adventure…A first-rate debut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Charlotte Parry’s slight, sweet voice is well matched to this story of Malcolm…In addition tot he assortment of animal characters, Parry coveys the comical nature of the gullible human teachers, and Malcolm’s friend, the keen, quick-thinking fifth grader. Parry’s timing with quick, short words also conveys excitement and adventure in this enticing story.”


  • “Malcolm is thoroughly likable, and the action sequences keep the pages turning.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Along with offering amusing rat’s-eye views of the daytime antics of the school’s ‘lankies’ (grown-ups) and ‘nutters’ (children)…this creature-feature leavens spookiness with healthy doses of whimsy.”


  • “Readers will find lots of intrigue, excitement, and adventure that keep the plot and subplots moving at a quick pace…A great addition to a mystery collection.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “A breathless, exciting tale of adventure, danger, betrayal, twists, and surprises…A rip-roaring tale; even rodent haters will have to like Malcolm.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

W. H. Beck is both an author of children’s books and a librarian. She grew up in Wisconsin as the oldest of four children. As a kid, her dad always teased that she would be a librarian someday because she was always reading. Sure enough, after earning an elementary teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin, she went on to get a master’s in information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She remains in Wisconsin, living with her husband, sons, and dog.

About the Narrator

Charlotte Parry is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. She made her Broadway debut in the 2000 Tony Award–winning revival of The Real Thing and has also appeared in stage productions of As You Like It, Pygmalion, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She has performed in several Broadway plays, including the revival of The Winslow Boy and The Importance of Being Earnest.