Catboy

Catboy

by Eric Walters
     
 

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Taylor and his mother have moved from a small northern town to the heart of Toronto. The differences are dramatic as Taylor becomes part of a classroom of kids as diverse as the city itself. While taking a shortcut across a junkyard with his new best friend, Simon, Taylor becomes aware of a colony of wild cats that make the junkyard their home. Assisted by his…  See more details below

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Taylor and his mother have moved from a small northern town to the heart of Toronto. The differences are dramatic as Taylor becomes part of a classroom of kids as diverse as the city itself. While taking a shortcut across a junkyard with his new best friend, Simon, Taylor becomes aware of a colony of wild cats that make the junkyard their home. Assisted by his classmates, teacher and the security guard, Mr. Singh, Taylor takes a special interest in caring for the cats. Suddenly there is an announcement-the junkyard is being redeveloped to become condominiums. Can Taylor and his friends save the cats of the colony from certain death?

Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
"[With] an authentic-sounding narrative voice...the book does a good job of incorporating the theme of cultural diversity into a personal story about accepting change...Taylor's voice is the novel's greatest strength, and his relationship with the cat colony, and one cat in particular, is where the story really engages."
Booklist
"Walters' story—written in collaboration with students in Toronto schools—moves fast and is plenty appealing...Readers will be too eager to see what happens...Solid writing, strong kid characters, caring adults, and cute animals could make this a popular choice."
CM Magazine
"Walters does a nice job in crafting a story that could be used to teach multiple subjects in a middle-school curriculum...Contain[s] enough interesting information about feral cat colonies and Toronto's cultural diversity to provide for interesting classroom discussions."
Resource Links
"A wonderful read for any young person, especially one who is ready to develop their own values and make their own choices. Educators would find this book an excellent catalyst for a discussion on community, activism and citizenship."
The Winnipeg Review
"[A] heart-warming cat rescue tale...Taylor is a striking, well-rounded character. He displays all the energy and eagerness of a typical young boy who loves animals, especially cats...The dialogue in this novel, both internal and actual is up-to-date and realistic, moving the action along well...This story will no doubt prove very popular with elementary school readers across Canada and the U.S."
Booklist Online
"Emotions are sharply felt. Conflicts within the colony as well as a scary climax...supply healthy measures of drama."
Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
Twelve-year-old Taylor is new to the city of Toronto, and he is fascinated by the multicultural nature of his school. When his new friend Simon, whose family is from Korea, talks him into taking a shortcut across a junkyard, he finds a colony of feral cats. So begins his big project caring for the cats. The junkyard security guard, Mr. Singh, a Sikh from India, decides Taylor is a good kid and lets him enter the junkyard through the main gate. Taylor sometimes brings his other friends, from other countries, when he checks on the cats. Then one of his favorite cats gets hurt, and Taylor enlists the help of a feral cat rescue organization. When the entire colony is threatened by construction, he needs the help of the organization, his friends, and some of the animals. Heartwarming, fun and informative, this is a good book for kids because Taylor takes action and the reader learns a lot about different cultures and about cats. The plot is absorbing and the characters are lovable, especially the animals. Reviewer: Sue Poduska

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554699551
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Lexile:
HL620L (what's this?)
File size:
482 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"I don't like cats," Simon said. "They're dirty."

"They're not dirty," I said, defending Blinky and all of catkind. "They wash themselves all the time."

"They wash themselves with their tongue," he said and made a face like he was grossed out. "But if you love cats, then this is the place to be. There are dozens and dozens of them here. I'll show you."

My desire to get out of the junkyard wasn't as strong as my curiosity. Why would there be dozens of cats here?

Meet the Author

Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Eric’s novels have all become best-sellers and have won over eighty awards. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commitment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 70,000 students per year in schools across the country. Eric lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife and three children.

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