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Elizabeth Winthrop’s playful, family-friendly The Red-Hot Rattoons<> is infused with a bristling energy and a loose, vivacious spirit appropriate for the subject matter by the talented performers of Full Cast Audio, who add a unique, animated flair to each of the five quirky country rat musicians chasing their dreams of jazz stardom in the unforgiving Big City in this joyous testament to unwavering passion and the value of creative expression that will captivate children of all ages.


What do you when your world is turned upside down? If you're five young rats with music in your soul and dancing in your blood, you head for the Hollow, and the chance to dance at the Boom Boom Room.

But not even wise old Uncle Switchtail can prepare Benny, Fletcher, Ella, Woody, and Monk for the dangers they'll face on the way to their dream. The kids have talent, grit, and determination. Will that be enough to survive unexpected treachery, and a trip to the world of the humans?

The Red-Hot Rattoons is filled with laughs, hair-breadth escapes, and enchanting characters. Even better, it vibrates with the key ingredients of all great backstage stories: heart, hope, and the unique joy that comes from chasing a dream with every ounce of strength and courage you possess.

©2003 Elizabeth Winthrop (P)2004 Full Cast Audio

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"Elizabeth Winthrop narrates her delightful story of orphaned rats who decide to become a dancing troupe....Winthrop is assisted by Full Cast Audio's outstanding narrators. Each brings a quirky addition to this success story. Winthrop also includes some excellent life lessons....A clever and funny glimpse at show business life." (AudioFile)
"Full Cast Audio gives this novel its usual superb attention to detail, with jazzy background music and clever touches....The author capably narrates her enjoyable and spirited story in which the voice actors are uniformly excellent." (School Library Journal)

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