I had the distinct pleasure of making my annual trek to Washington Heights Elementary School this morning to booktalk and read to their 5th graders, as they kick off their RIF activities. The highpoint of my visit was actually finding a kid who had read Philip Pullman's I Was a Rat. I love that book and try to talk it up whenever I can. When you tell people the title, and even when you try to explain it, people look at you like you're nuts. It's strange but it's a great book for book discussions and you could use it for a lot of age levels, even adults. Apparently there's another slightly warped person out there talking this book up. Whoever it is, bless you!