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ISBN13: 9780689838422
ISBN10: 0689838425
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He is one weird Christmas visitor — his hair and moustache an unearthly white-blond, his voice a gruff rumble. He fills the apartment doorway. From two metal cases he produces what a boy would expect from an exterminator: Toxic roach powders and poisonous fog bombs.

But a crossbow?

Eric is fascinated at first. He's been bored this snowbound vacation, and has already zapped about a zillion Zergs. Antsy, he's even sneaked a look at the Christmas presents hidden beneath his parents' bed. Then Anje Gabrail, this exterminator, appears, talking a little madly about his war against rats — about killing them.

"The worst," Anje says. And if Eric sees one in the Eden Apartments, he is to call Anje's twenty-four-hour cell phone immediately. Later that Monday, the fourth day before Christmas, a rat does appear in the building's basement — and Eric finds himself suddenly, frighteningly swept into Anje's vengeful army.

As either partner...or victim.

With only a flashlight.

Synopsis:

Alone in his apartment during Christmas vacation, 11-year-old Eric finds himself caught in a battle between a strange exterminator and the rat he wants to kill.

Synopsis:

He is one weird Christmas visitor — his hair and moustache an unearthly white-blond, his voice a gruff rumble. He fills the apartment doorway. From two metal cases he produces what a boy would expect from an exterminator: Toxic roach powders and poisonous fog bombs.

But a crossbow?

Eric is fascinated at first. He's been bored this snowbound vacation, and has already zapped about a zillion Zergs. Antsy, he's even sneaked a look at the Christmas presents hidden beneath his parents' bed. Then Anje Gabrail, this exterminator, appears, talking a little madly about his war against rats — about killing them.

"The worst," Anje says. And if Eric sees one in the Eden Apartments, he is to call Anje's twenty-four-hour cell phone immediately. Later that Monday, the fourth day before Christmas, a rat does appear in the building's basement — and Eric finds himself suddenly, frighteningly swept into Anje's vengeful army.

As either partner...or victim.

With only a flashlight.

About the Author

AVI's extraordinary range of books include fantasies, sports stories, tales of suspense and terror, historical adventures, and a graphic novel, City of Light, City of Dark, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Other titles among his forty-five books are Poppy (Boston Globe-Horn Book Award), The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, (Newbery Honor and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award), and Nothing but the Truth (Newbery Honor). He is also the creator of the Breakfast Serials stories by well-known writers which appear, chapter by chapter, in hundreds of newspapers across America, and now have more than forty million devoted weekly readers.

He and his family live in Denver, Colorado.

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crowyhead, December 28, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a bizarre little Christmas story. Eric is completely bored one winter break, waiting for Christmas to arrive. So when the exterminator, Anje, asks if he would like to help him hunt down a rat, Eric says yes. Soon, however, he begins to suspect that Anje is more than a little sinister, and before too long Eric's trying to help protect the rat. Problem is, Anje has all of the weapons you'd expect of an exterminator -- and then some. And all Eric has is a flashlight.

I enjoyed this, but I kind of felt that it didn't, overall, make that much sense... I mean, I get what Avi was trying to do, but it didn't quite come through successfully. Still, I'm a sucker for stories about rats. :)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689838422
Author:
Gore, Leonid
Publisher:
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Illustrator:
Gore, Leonid
Author:
Gore, Leonid
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Angels
Subject:
Apartment houses
Subject:
Rats
Subject:
Christmas stories
Subject:
Pests
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
8896-AN/893/4
Publication Date:
20001001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.56x5.70x.69 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
8-12

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"Synopsis" by , Alone in his apartment during Christmas vacation, 11-year-old Eric finds himself caught in a battle between a strange exterminator and the rat he wants to kill.
"Synopsis" by , He is one weird Christmas visitor — his hair and moustache an unearthly white-blond, his voice a gruff rumble. He fills the apartment doorway. From two metal cases he produces what a boy would expect from an exterminator: Toxic roach powders and poisonous fog bombs.

But a crossbow?

Eric is fascinated at first. He's been bored this snowbound vacation, and has already zapped about a zillion Zergs. Antsy, he's even sneaked a look at the Christmas presents hidden beneath his parents' bed. Then Anje Gabrail, this exterminator, appears, talking a little madly about his war against rats — about killing them.

"The worst," Anje says. And if Eric sees one in the Eden Apartments, he is to call Anje's twenty-four-hour cell phone immediately. Later that Monday, the fourth day before Christmas, a rat does appear in the building's basement — and Eric finds himself suddenly, frighteningly swept into Anje's vengeful army.

As either partner...or victim.

With only a flashlight.

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