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by Bev Cooke

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city & town life, homelessness & poverty
list price: $9.95
also available: eBook
published: 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 18
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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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After a long time the quiet peace of sleep-time returns. The cat creeps out to the iron pole. The smell of blood and the burning stink linger in the air. Two-legs are dangerous and unpredictable. They aren't that different from the bare-tails in the tunnels. They hurt each other for no reason she knows. That is why she walks alone.

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Editorial Reviews

"A very unique perspective for young readers. Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"A gripping, evocative story that is sure to resonate."

— Booklist

"Capture[s] realistically...this desire to be accepted. Stylistically, this is a really interesting, compelling book."

— CBC Radio One - All Points West

"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."

— Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"This is another excellent young adult novel from Orca Book Publishers."

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About the Author

Bev Cooke

Bev Cooke was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. When she's not writing or thinking about writing, she likes to talk with her two kids, read, daydream, think about gardening and pet her cats. Feral is her second book for children. Bev lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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