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Harriet Huxtable and the Purpose of Rats

This is my first book about Harriet. I really enjoyed writing it and I hope you enjoy reading it.

What is it about?

It's the only way for her to get a brand-new, beautiful compost bin. But to get an A, Harriet needs to write about an interesting pet -- and her own interesting pet, Boris the tortoise, has just died. Harriet needs a rat.



A rat named Wenzel. Capturing, caring for and observing Wenzel, with the encouragement of her wheel-chair-bound friend Sophie, proves to be a challenge. At first Wenzel is just fat and lazy and very dull, but later events show his true colours. He also has to be kept hidden from Harriet’s neurotically clean and house-proud mother, her dad who is a garbo, her sleepy Fake Grandma, her pregnant sister Martha and her little brother Monty who is a total grot and junk food addict. These diverse characters and their relationships are drawn with affection, humour and empathy. The important themes of love, friendship, tolerance and acceptance of personal difference are dealt with in a warm and natural fashion.
from J.S. Reading Time Vol 45 No 4

Chapter One

Here is Chapter One of Harriet Huxtable and the Purpose of Rats. I hope you enjoy it.

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