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Joan Marie Galat's middle-grade fiction novel MORTIMER: RAT RACE TO SPACE has sold to Cormorant Books.

MORTIMER is a fun and quirky adventure in which a journal-keeping rat on the International Space Station (ISS) becomes certain his species is better suited than humans when it comes to colonizing Mars. He aims to prove his point and elevate the human perception of rats by conducting experiments and recording the video for his YouTube channel.

“Mortimer is a blast, start to finish, and I would have loved this cheeky talking rat as a kid as much as I love him now,” says The Rights Factory agent Stacey Kondla.

Joan Marie Galat is also the author of ROAD ECOLOGY and LITTER IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM. MORTIMER: RAT RACE TO SPACE is scheduled for publication in fall 2022.

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