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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

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Author: Terry Pratchett
Title: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
Publisher: Doubleday
Date: 2001 (Hardback)
ISBN: 0 385 60123 9 (Hardback)

Blurb:

Imagine a million clever rats.
Rats that don't run.
Rats that fight...

Maurice, a streetwise tomcat, has the perfect money-making scam. He's found a stupid-looking kid who plays a pipe, and he has his very own plague of rats -- rats who are strangely educated, so Maurice can no longer think of them as 'lunch'. And everyone knows the stories about rats and pipers...

But when they reach the stricken town of Bad Blintz, the little con suddenly goes down the drain. For someone there is playing a different tune. A dark, shadowy tune. Something very, very bad is waiting in the cellars.

The educated rats must learn a new word.

EVIL.

It's not a game any more. It's a rat-eat-rat world down there. And that might only be the start...

Comments by Terry:

"Not as yet [scheduled] in the U.S., because there's always been a hate/hate relationship between U.S. children's publishers and myself, is likely to be The Amazing [Maurice] and His Educated Rodents, which is--we're not going to call it a junior Discworld, but it's a Discworld book actually written with the knob turned down a level, so it will be more accessible to the younger market."

-- Interview with Terry in Science Fiction Weekly

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