The Year of the Rat

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About The Book

Pearl deals with death, life, and family in this haunting, humorous, and poignant debut that School Library Journal calls a “well-written depiction of adolescence and the pervasive, perplexing nature of loss.”

The world can tip at any moment…a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mom dies after giving birth to her baby sister, Rose.

Rose, who looks exactly like a baby rat, all pink, wrinkled, and writhing. This little Rat has destroyed everything, even ruined the wonderful relationship that Pearl had with her stepfather, the Rat’s biological father.

Mom, though…Mom’s dead but she can’t seem to leave. She keeps visiting Pearl. Smoking, cursing, guiding.

Told across the year following her mother’s death, Pearl’s story is full of bittersweet humor and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mother, but also the fact that her sister—The Rat—is a constant reminder of why her mom is no longer around.

About The Author

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Clare Furniss is a writer living in the UK. She studied at Cambridge University and is completing an MA in writing for young people. She is the author of The Year of the Rat and How Not to Disappear.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 4, 2014)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481421010
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

Clare Furniss is a “strong new voice in Young Adult Fiction."

– The Guardian

“Beautifully written with a dry sense of humor.”

– Stylist Magazine

“Crisply told…there's a lot of heartbreak in Clare Furniss's book, but the story is lightened by humorous touches.”

– The Telegraph

“The Year of The Rat is a sensitive, beautifully written book.”

– Meg Rosoff, author of HOW I LIVE NOW

“A touching, well-written depiction of adolescence and the pervasive, perplexing nature of loss.”

– School Library Journal

Awards and Honors

  • SCBWI Crystal Kite winner

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