Malcolm at Midnight

Malcolm at Midnight

By W. H. Beck; Brian Lies (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547681009, 265pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2012


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.

About the Author
W.H. BECK isboth an author of children's books and a librarian. Shegrew up in Wisconsin, the oldest of four. As a kid, her dad always teased thatshe would be a librarian someday. She read all the time walking home from school, while brushing her teeth, under the table at dinnertime, and under the covers at night. And, sure enough, after earning an elementary teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin, she went on to get a master s degree in information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She still lives and reads in Wisconsin and shares a home and books withher husband, two sons, anda big black dog. Visit her website at

BRIAN LIESis the award-winning author-illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, andBats in the Band.In addition, hehas written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his family. Visit to learn more about the author and his books.