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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 208
Themes: Homelessness, gangs, cats, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2008
Lexile Level: 740
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She lives in fear—of the two-legs, of the noisy, massive trains that scream in and out of the station, of cats and rats and dogs and the dark of the tunnels. She lives in the subway, where the hard shoes kick her ribs, where shrill voices beat her ears, where she subsists on the garbage of the humans. But the little cat walks alone.
   Until she meets Candlewax, a street kid exiled from the subway tunnels, and Katherine, a student photographer who loves her on sight. From these two she learns that trust can banish fear and love provides a home wherever you are.

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"This is another excellent young adult novel from Orca Book Publishers."
Booklist
"A gripping, evocative story that is sure to resonate."
CBC Radio One - All Points West
"Capture[s] realistically...this desire to be accepted. Stylistically, this is a really interesting, compelling book."
CM Magazine
"A very unique perspective for young readers. Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"More than just the story of an abandoned and tameless cat...Readers will gain insight to the plight of the homeless who must survive using their wits."

Awards

Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2008 | Commended

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