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Book nerd Krish hates the outdoors, and camping. But especially germs. When Krish and his father, Kabir, take a camping trip to Ladakh, he convinces himself that they will bond, despite their...
Book nerd Krish hates the outdoors, and camping. But especially germs. When Krish and his father, Kabir, take a camping trip to Ladakh, he convinces himself that they will bond, despite their...
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  • Book nerd Krish hates the outdoors, and camping. But especially germs. When Krish and his father, Kabir, take a camping trip to Ladakh, he convinces himself that they will bond, despite their differences. When they're lost in a bamboo forest, teeming with black rats, and germs, Krish is at an all-time low. His GF (gut feel) and a couple of rats lead them to a hidden village, Imdur, unmarked on any map. Krish and his father are allowed to stay, only if they follow rules. But Krish soon realizes the village has an odd custom of worshipping rats. They also have a secret. And so does his dad. Turns out, Krish has a secret too. When all the secrets explode into the open, Krish and Kabir are in grave danger. Can Krish overcome his fears and phobias to take the chance offered to him? Or are he and his dad doomed to spend the rest of their lives among rats?

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  • Mahtab Narsimhan is the author of a young adult trilogy, four middle-grade novels, and two picture books. Her first novel, The Third Eye, won the Silver Birch Award. Its sequels, The Silver Anklet and The Deadly Conch, have received critical acclaim, and Narsimhan's standalone novel The Tiffin, was nominated for the Red Maple Fiction Award, the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award and the SYRCA Snow Willow Award. A native of Mumbai (Bombay), Narsimhan now lives in British Columbia.

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    December 15, 2021
    Lost in the woods, Krish and his father discover a village with a dangerous secret. Twelve-year-old germophobe Krish Roy has never liked the outdoors: It's too dirty and unpredictable. But trying to connect with his nature photographer father, Krish agrees to leave Delhi and go with his dad to a wilderness adventure camp in the Ladakh Range, where they embark on a hike through the forest and mountains. Unfortunately for Krish, he was right to be worried. He and his father find themselves lost in the wilderness with a broken radio and an unsettling number of rats. When Krish suggests they follow the rats, who might lead them to human habitation, they find not the safe shelter Krish hoped for but instead Imdur, an isolated village controlled by a mysterious and possibly untrustworthy shaman. Krish wants to get out of there, but his father wishes to learn more, and the two are drawn into the village's practices and begin to stray closer and closer to danger. To survive, Krish must learn to believe in himself and face his fears directly, even if he's never been able to do so before. A good deal of action, a likable protagonist, and an ever growing sense of doom speed this novel along, though there is little time to explore some of the darker consequences of Krish's actions. A satisfying fantasy full of mystery. (Fantasy. 9-12)

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  • Eric Walters, the author of The King of Jam Sandwiches and The Rule of Three “I couldn't put it down as it felt like I was living the story and needed to know how it would end!”
  • Marty Chan, author of Fire and Glass and Haunted Hospital “I have so many ‘F’ words to describe Valley of the Rats: funny, fantastic, fabulous, and flawless. But the one you should use is first book on your to-read list.”

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