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Grades 4 - 7Grades 2 - 5Q3.8n/a

When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys. Illustrated by Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach, this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on September 4, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0547681003
ISBN-13: 9780547681009
17 Book Reviews
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  • inventor60
    inventor60Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm55 stars
    When Malcolm is blamed for kidnapping the leader of the Midnight academy, he must prove that he is innocent, But How? I really liked this book.
    • fairie
      fairieSunday, August 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm55 stars
      This funny story about a pet rat brings you along with him as he meets the Academy and has to prove that rats arent always bad, when the iguana is stolen at McKenna School.
      • sushi321
        sushi321Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm55 stars
        I loved this book, it was really good and I enjoyed it.Malcolm is a classroom pet at McKenna elementary, he discovers there are more than sweaty fifth graders. He finds out about the midnight academy, a group that consists of all the classroom pets in the school. Read this to find out more!
        • gso44
          gso44Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7:25 am55 stars
          This book is a bout a rat who is small for his size. Most people think he's a mouse because he's so tiny. Now Malcolm the rat/mouse is part of a secret organization of class pets. He doesn't tell them he's a rat because well, rats have a horrible reputation. They lie they steal their mean.No one wants to be a rat. So he just goes with the flow. But everything he does, makes the second in command of the secret society suspicious. Find out what happens next in Malcolm at Midnight.
          • kjtennis
            kjtennisWednesday, July 8, 2015 at 9:41 am44 stars
            Malcolm is a small rat. When he becomes a classroom pet at McKenna elementary, he discovers there are more than just sweaty fifth graders. He finds out about the midnight academy, a group that consists of all the classroom pets in the school. He makes some friends, enemies, and becomes one of them. But then, the leader, a lizard named Aggy, goes missing, and all fingers are pointed at Malcolm. Will he prove he is a rat of valor and merit? Best book ever!
            • jeffdaboss
              jeffdabossSunday, July 5, 2015 at 2:51 pm55 stars
              Malcolm is a class pet rat. But he is the only one who knows he is a rat. Everyone thinks he is a mouse. When at night, he wandered around the school, and found a society of class pets who secretly help the kids. They are the Midnight Academy. Malcolm joins the group, but everyone thinks he's a mouse. They seem to hold a grudge against rats, convincing Malcolm to claim he's a mouse. But when he learns of a cat went rogue and is apparently planning something large, but unknown. Malcolm makes 2 human friends that helps him solve the case. He is made an enemy of the Midnight Academy's big bunny. He befriends a barn owl and a fellow rat. The rat turns against him, and the owl eats the rat. In all the craziness he goes through, he saves the whole school from a disastrous gas leak.
              • genius1326
                genius1326Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 8:59 am44 stars
                Really good. It is about a mouse writing letters all about weird and coll stuff and happenings, ad a exciting book, but kind of lacks background.
                • 5680saf
                  5680safWednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm55 stars
                  This is an awesome book, that's in the form of a letter, about a rat. the letter is for the teacher and the student is writing about Malcolm's story. Secret societies, traitors, mistaken identities, and much more can be found in this book.
                  • bibliophile
                    bibliophileThursday, June 25, 2015 at 11:46 am44 stars
                    I found this book to be really intriguing... I mean after all how can it get more exciting since a mouse will be in a protection agency.... Well wrong! This book actually turned out to be better and better... After reading the synopsis in the bookstore, I decided to purchase it after hearing so many good reviews about it.... and they were right this adventurous book was filled with suspense slowly creeping on you! Meet Malcom being the litter at a pet store... Mr. Binney, a fifth grade teacher from McKenna Elementary School adopts him. After Malcom escapes from his cage, he goes in the library to meet up with the other animals where they formed a secretive agency. Malcom is not really trusted due to the fact he is a rat... and rats are not supposed to be trustworthy... but will Malcom not fulfill this title and to be the exact opposite: trustworthy? After the leader (an iguana) got kidnapped, does Malcom have what it seems to be: a side of him that will help out the team to search for the leader? Read and find out! WAIT!!!! Watch out for the cat... they may seem cute and all (well some are) but SNIP is not... he was abandoned by his owner... but still he is sneaky... I WILL REPEAT... he is sneaky... For fans of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh... or if you are looking for a suspenseful and a heart-warming story... this book is for you! READ!!!! :-)
                    • kitkat1998
                      kitkat1998Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 11:35 am44 stars
                      This book is very, very good. It has a good plot line, well developed characters, and twists and turns that keep the reader hooked until the last page. Also, the writing style is engaging and funny. I highly recommend this book to any reader.