‘A Rolington Rats Tale’ is a children's adventure story with appeal for readers of all ages. It relates the struggle for survival of a group of escaped laboratory rats, the Whitecoats, living in the heart of the Rolington Municipal Dump. The plot details the rats’ endeavours to find food and fight off the unwanted attentions of rival animals in the dump, using courage, teamwork, and inventions built from recycled human rubbish. The story is thus full of action, peril and adventure, with themes centred on recycling, leadership, and the value of brain over brawn.
The story was written and used to engage reluctant young teenagers with reading in upper primary and lower secondary English classes.