Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

by Robert C. O'Brien

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Book Information

Publication Date: June 1, 1970


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 780L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level V


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8


Major Awards: 1972 Newbery Medal


Number of Pages: 240 pages


Approximate Word Count: 54,085 words -- The average reader will spend 3 hours and 36 minutes reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH at 250 words per minute.*


Audible Book Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins


Book Themes: Fmily, Home, Disatisfication, Society and Class, Transformation


Genre: Young Adult Literature


Setting: The FitzGibbon Farm, The Rat's Den, NIMH and the Boniface Estate, Thorn Valley


Important Quote: When you’ve lived in a cage, you can’t bear not to run, even if what you’re running towards is an illusion.


First Line: Mrs. Frisby, the head of a family of field mice, lived in an underground house in the vegetable garden of a farmer named Mr. Fitzgibbon.


Point of View: First Person from the Prespective of Nicodemus is the central narrator and Flashbacks told in Third Person (Limited Omniscient)


* Estimate from Reading Length

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