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All the Cats of Cairo
     

All the Cats of Cairo

by Inda Schaenen
 

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School Library Journal, July 2007

SCHAENEN, Inda. All the Cats of Cairo. 225p. CIP. Brown Barn. 2007. pap. $8.95. ISBN 978-0-9768126-5-4. LC 2006025613.
Gr 5-8–Maggie, the 13-year-old daughter of an American diplomat, is living in Cairo with her parents when she begins to suspect that the cats of the city are trying to send her a message. With the

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School Library Journal, July 2007

SCHAENEN, Inda. All the Cats of Cairo. 225p. CIP. Brown Barn. 2007. pap. $8.95. ISBN 978-0-9768126-5-4. LC 2006025613.
Gr 5-8–Maggie, the 13-year-old daughter of an American diplomat, is living in Cairo with her parents when she begins to suspect that the cats of the city are trying to send her a message. With the guidance of Oum, a wise Muslim woman, she determines that the cat goddess Bastet needs her help to set right some terrible wrong occurring in Zagazig, the modern-day town built over the ancient site of Bastet’s temple. Maggie enlists the help of Tareq, Oum’s grandson, to discover that American businessman Bill Ramsey is in hiding as he plans to expand the cotton factory in Zagazig. Maggie uncovers the terrible conditions of the workers–poor Egyptian boys forcibly taken from their homes–and is able to stop Ramsey in a climax that sees thousands of cats appear at her summoning. Unfortunately, this book does not quite reach its potential. The idea of Bastet working through Maggie and the cats gets in the way of the real crux of the novel: child labor in less-developed countries. By mixing the two major themes–the fantasy element based upon Egyptian mythology and the focus on a serious issue–the impact of each one is diminished.–Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

Booklist, 5/2007

COPYRIGHT 2007 American Library Association
All the Cats of Cairo. By Inda Schaenen. May 2007. 232p. Brown Barn, paper, $8.95 (9780976812654). Gr. 6-9.

When her mother's government job takes her family from Washington, D.C., to Cairo, Maggie has mixed feelings about leaving her eighth-grade class for a year. Then, surfing the Internet for school research, she gets caught up in what is happening in her strange new country, where ancient lives are always part of the present, and cats from everywhere--in the crowded streets, on an obelisk, in a sacred carving--warn her that dark forces are threatening the people in the Nile delta. The magical realism is not enough to make up for the huge plot holes in Schaenen's first YA novel. There is sometimes too much local detail, and the first-person narrative stays true to the superficial viewpoint of a young tourist. It is the action that will hook readers, as Maggie uncovers an American big-business connection with local child slave labor.--Hazel Rochman

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Gr 5-8
Maggie, the 13-year-old daughter of an American diplomat, is living in Cairo with her parents when she begins to suspect that the cats of the city are trying to send her a message. With the guidance of Oum, a wise Muslim woman, she determines that the cat goddess Bastet needs her help to set right some terrible wrong occurring in Zagazig, the modern-day town built over the ancient site of Bastet's temple. Maggie enlists the help of Tareq, Oum's grandson, to discover that American businessman Bill Ramsey is in hiding as he plans to expand the cotton factory in Zagazig. Maggie uncovers the terrible conditions of the workers-poor Egyptian boys forcibly taken from their homes-and is able to stop Ramsey in a climax that sees thousands of cats appear at her summoning. Unfortunately, this book does not quite reach its potential. The idea of Bastet working through Maggie and the cats gets in the way of the real crux of the novel: child labor in less-developed countries. By mixing the two major themes-the fantasy element based upon Egyptian mythology and the focus on a serious issue-the impact of each one is diminished.
—Amanda RaklovitsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979882456
Publisher:
Brown Barn Books
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
All the Cats of Cairo Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
File size:
434 KB

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