Rat Boys: A Dating Experiment: Rat Boys

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Best friends Summer and Marci are in a quandry when they tell obnoixious Jennifer that they have dates for the Spring fling. Unfortunately for them, this is not exactly true. The only way to recover from the ultimate humiliation of getting caught in this ile is to produce actual dates for the dance. Luckily for them, the girls' part-time boss, crazy Doris Trowbridge, finds a magic ring. With it, she turns two pet rats into the cutest guys they have ever seen. But now everyone, including Jennifer, is interested in them. And rats have a lot more in common with boys than anyone would think...

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Thom Eberhardt is a screenwriter. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Gr 5-8-Eberhardt has created several teen movies and it shows in his first book's clich‚d characters, overblown plot, and predictable conclusion. Marci, the 14-year-old narrator, and her best friend, Summer, live in suburban Indianapolis, where they work for "Weird Doris" at her junk shop, Hidden Treasures, and care for two rats that she's adopted. One day Doris discovers a magic ring in an old box she's bought. Coincidentally, Marci has angered Summer by bragging to Jennifer Martin, their arch rival, that they have dates to the big Spring Fling dance that night when they don't. Ta da! Doris uses the ring not only to transmutate herself into a popular "daytime drama star," but also changes the rats, ... la Cinderella's godmother, into hot-looking guys for her young friends. The Spring Fling is turned into chaos, Jennifer is upstaged, and Marci learns that ordinary girls can handle the weirdness of life better than someone so pampered. This is literally labeled an epiphany. Written to imitate, rather than approximate, teenspeak, the book's frequent misuse of "like" and "this" may even irritate the preteen girls most likely to read it. Steer those looking for a fast read about popularity to Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's "Alice" books (Atheneum) or Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl (Knopf, 2000). Fans of fractured fairy tales will find richer, more satisfying material in Robin McKinley's Beauty (HarperCollins, 1978), Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997), or Patrice Kindl's Goose Chase (Houghton, 2001).

Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

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