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Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.<P><P> Newbery Medal Winner<P> Winner of Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award
There were several things about the tight little community of Russians installed at Villa Petrograd that were disturbing: the sophisticated microbiological equipment, the private zoo that seemed to be unusually well supplied with primate specimens, the secrecy. But everyone knows the Russians are great animal watchers. Downstream from the Villa the city of Washington taps the Potomac for drinking water. Still, probably nothing to it. Robert C. O'Brien's exciting new novel, A Report From Group 17, takes the reader on a fantastical trip worthy of Ray Bradbury and Michael Crichton--into the intricacies of the world of DNA manipulation, gene mechanics, and the larger implications of biological warfare, espionage and counterespionage, kidnapping, and a murder that can only be called inhuman. The hero is Fergus O'Neil, a brilliant young virologist; his opposite, Helmuth Schutz, is a former Nazi scientist whose talents have now been commandeered by the Russians. The scene is Washington; the tension is extraordinary. A fast-paced tale of intrigue, science, and suspense. Born in New York City, Robert Carroll O'Brien grew up on Long Island and in Manhattan, where he attended Columbia University and the Julliard School of Music. A long-term interest in microbiology and genetics provided the background for A Report from Group 17. Earlier books by Robert C. O'Brien are The Silver Crown and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, both published by Atheneum.
Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse, asks the rats of NIMH to help move her family's home from the path of the farmer's plow.
The Silver Crown is a 330 page children's fantasy novel written by Robert C. O'Brien, author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, winner of the 1972 Newbery Medal. The summary by Atheneum Books reads as follows: It lay beside her on the pillow, shinier than silver, glowing softly, with twinkling blue stones set all around. . . . It did not occur to her to wonder from whom it had come; she was merely aware that it was hers by right." Ellen wakes on her tenth birthday to find a silver crown on her pillow. She happily wears her strange, new crown to the park that morning, but when she returns she is horrified to find that her house has burned down and her family has disappeared. Ellen must go to her Aunt Sarah's house for help, but the only way to get there is to travel the unforgiving mountains by foot. Her journey turns treacherous when she and her travel companion, Otto, stumble across an ominous castle where evil rules and everyone who enters falls prey to the darkness within. Everyone, that is, except Ellen. She alone must conquer this mysterious force - but how? Will the power of the silver crown save her?
Something terrible has finally happened. A nuclear holocaust has destroyed civilization. For one whole year, 16-year-old Ann Burden has lived alone on her family's farm, somehow sheltered from the radiation in the valley. As she hears the final radio station going off the air, she believes she is the only person left alive. But when Ann sees smoke from a faraway campfire, she knows there is at least one other survivor. Soon an incredible figure wearing a green suit and carrying an oxygen tank appears on the road. With the intruder in her valley, she makes a chilling discovery: There are worse things than being alone.<P><P> Newbery Award-winning author Robert C. O'Brien won an Edgar Award for this suspense-filled science fiction tale of a young woman determined to survive on her own terms. <P> Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book
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