Margaret K. McElderry Books / Simon & Schuster

Hardcover: 978-1442433281

Paperback: 978-1442433298

Stacy DeKeyser
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Sometimes a rat is just a rat.
   But sometimes...
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Rudi Bauer ran for his life and cursed his bad luck.

He would never have touched the gold coin—

much less put it in his pocket—

if he’d known it belonged to a witch.

Thus begins the story of a boy, an enchanted coin, and the hex he brings upon his village. Rudi must confront a mountain witch, a mysterious stranger—and a plague of rats—in order to erase the curse that threatens to steal away the town’s most precious treasure.


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"Fresh and satisfying for middle-grade readers."

—Kirkus, Starred Review

“Timeless style … just right for reaffirming one’s belief in the power of story.”

—Booklist, Starred Review



— Horn Book


“Stacy DeKeyser deftly updates the Pied Piper’s tale. The story scuttles with rats, of course, and you end up reading it on your hind legs.”

—Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder

“With lilting language and a unique voice, DeKeyser spins a tale like no other.I loved it!”

—Barbara O’Connor, author of How to Steal a Dog


“A surprisingly powerful retelling of the ancient story of the stranger with a magical musical instrument.”

—Zilpha Keatley Snyder, three-time Newbery Honor winner

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