Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
This is a suspense-filled, but heartwarming story of a mouse family and how they are forced to move from their home — a farmers field that is going to be excavated.
The plot thickens when Mrs. Frisby's son becomes ill and can’t travel. In a nearby laboratory, experiments are being conducted on rats, and the scientists are unaware that in the course of the tests, the rats have become super-intelligent. Of course, there are villains in the story, Dragon the Cat, who is extremely dangerous to mice and rats, and Jenner the rebel rat who leads a band of marauding runaways into mischief.
This Newbery Medal winning story has many plots expertly woven into a riveting tale. And, yes it does have a happy ending. It was also made in to an animated move — The Secret of NIMH. There are some intense moments in this movie, younger children should always be accompanied by a parent when watching.