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TJ and the Cats
By author: Hazel Hutchins
Selling Points: "humor, cats"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2002
Pages: 112
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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My name is T.J. Barnes and I don't like cats. I don't like the way they stare. I don't like the way they slink. I don't like the way they race under your feet without warning and wash their behinds in public. Cats give me the creeps.

TJ may not like cats, but that doesn't stop a taxi from showing up at his door bearing his grandmother's four felines. Killer, Cleo, Kink and Maximillian the Emperor—Max for short—invade TJ's life and replace dinosaurs as the topic for his school project. His friend and partner for the project, Seymour, is deeply disappointed; the cats in his drawings all come out looking prehistoric. The animals' presence in TJ's house leads to a series of adventures, one involving the police and another involving a mass escape.

TJ and the Cats is the first of five books in a series.
Book two is TJ and the Haunted House.
Book three is TJ and the Rockets.
Book four is TJ and the Sports Fanatic.
Book five is TJ and the Quiz Kids.


Canadian Toy Testing Council Great Books, commended  CA  2002
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2003
Red Cedar nominee, short-listed  CA  2005
Silver Birch nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
SYRCA Shining Willow nominee, winner  CA  2004
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2002
Tiny Torgi Audio Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2003


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