Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever (Hardcover)
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As much a moving memoir as it is an amusing pet manual, Misunderstood is a unique nonfiction book for teens and tweens about domesticated rats in general and a wonderful rat named Iris in particular. Brimming with smarts and energy just like its furry subjects, Rachel Toor's text blends history and science with profiles of interesting people and autobiographical anecdotes as it joyfully sets the record straight about why this reviled creature is actually a most amazing species. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of domestic rats—and may be convinced to adopt one themselves.
About the Author
Rachel Toor was an admissions officer at Duke University for three years. She currently writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education and various running magazines.
“Artfully weaves extensive research and personal enthusiasm into a humorous treatise on the merits of rats, ‘perhaps the world’s most unfairly reviled species,’ as pets. In a book that serves, in part, as a memoir of Toor’s late pet, Iris, she tackles head-on the visceral objections of many and extols the charms of the domesticated rat . . . The book is well targeted to animal-loving teens, and Toor’s conversational tone, wealth of information, and ebullience could sway many skeptics.” —Publishers Weekly
“Toor mixes humor with genuine affection as she details how she came to appreciate rats while also debunking some common myths students may be familiar with . . . A delightful addition to any library or classroom’s creative nonfiction section.” —School Library Journal
“This irresistible memoir-manual . . . interweaves scientific studies, autobiographical anecdotes, and surprisingly riveting research . . . Effortlessly engaging . . . this is not only a useful resource for future rat owners and ardent animal-lovers, but also young essay writers. Get ready to scour ratteries near you!” —Booklist
“Part pet-centric memoir and part broader commentary on animal-human relationships, Toor’s thoughtful and often humorous musings about pet rats, including and especially her own beloved rat, Iris, make an absorbing read.” —The Bulletin