Claws [NOOK Book]

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In a contemporary fairytale as irresistible as catnip, one girl discovers that some magic cuts deep...

Emma's sister is missing. Her parents have spent all their savings on the search. And now the family has no choice but to live in a ramshackle trailer park on the edge of the forst, next door to ...
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Overview

In a contemporary fairytale as irresistible as catnip, one girl discovers that some magic cuts deep...

Emma's sister is missing. Her parents have spent all their savings on the search. And now the family has no choice but to live in a ramshackle trailer park on the edge of the forst, next door to down-and-out harpies, hags, and trolls. Emma wonders if she'll ever see Helena, and if she'll ever feel happy, again.

Then she makes a friend.

A smooth-talking, dirty-furred cat named Jack. He's got a razor-sharp plan to rescue Emma's sister. He just wants one small favor in return...
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—A rather alluring cover featuring a black cat silhouetted against a full moon pulls readers into a novel that proves to be an uneasy amalgam of genres: gothic, fantasy, dystopia, and teen rebellion. Emma's older sister has vanished, and her parents have depleted their finances in an attempt to find her. The family moves to a dilapidated trailer park at the edge of a magical forest, but they inhabit a world in which magic is frowned upon rather than celebrated. In fact, Emma is expelled from school when she reveals the claws she's developed since befriending a talking cat that hangs around their trailer. The feline has convinced Emma to swallow a pulsing marble-size object that will give her control over a pride of cats, and it clearly gives her other catlike attributes as well. What is not clear is who is controlling whom as she searches for Helena in a world filled with duplicity and illusion. The Grintis take on an overabundance of material in their debut novel, and the result leaves readers feeling that most of it is unexplored or insufficiently conceived. Emma's family is Vietnamese American, but there is no sense of whether this has shaped her life, so why mention it? What has caused the rift between the hags, elves, faeries, and other magical beings and the rest of society? Chapter headings from "CragWiki.org" range from mention of "the Salem Cat Trials of 1912" to dismissive statements such as "All books of magic sold on eBay are fakes." Does this world believe in magic, try to ignore it, or persecute it? It's all a messy mystery.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
After a slow buildup, this middle-grade fantasy offers some intriguing elements as it hurtles toward an exciting, if abrupt, ending. Emma, a 12-year-old Vietnamese-American, misses her older sister Helena, who has vanished mysteriously. Emma's parents have spent all of their resources trying to find Helena, so readers first meet the family as they move into a trailer park populated by supernatural beings, aka "crags." Neglected by her parents and taunted by her schoolmates, Emma's vulnerability makes her easy prey for Jack, a talking cat who has holed up in their new home. Jack convinces her to take on an unexpected role that includes magical powers. Adventures ensue as Emma learns how to use her new abilities and seeks her lost sister. Each chapter begins with an entry from "CragWiki.org," a device that offers the authors an additional, if occasionally awkward, method of worldbuilding. Unfortunately, Emma and her family are sketchily drawn, which makes it hard to care much about the outcome. On the other hand, the bad guys are quite compelling--the hag next door, for example, is deliciously creepy. Readers who persevere will find themselves caught up in the action and fascinated by the exquisitely imagined and decidedly different fairies. Clunky in spots, this nonetheless intriguing debut will likely appeal to fantasy fanatics; others may wish to wait for a more polished follow-up. (Fantasy. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545469678
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 265,534
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Mike and Rachel Grinti live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mike was born in Russia, and moved to the United States with his family when he was a child. THE HOBBIT, borrowed from the library, got him hooked on reading. Rachel grew up in Pittsburgh, where she now works as a children's librarian. CLAWS is their first book.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    AWESOME

    I thought this book was awesome. I recommend it for everyone who likes magic and fantasy

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Ppl

    Ppl I love the Warriors Series by Erin Hunter to death but seriously enough with the rping on here -.- Its really annoying.
    Read the Inkheart Trilogy by Corneila Funke!! Its way better than warriors!


    -InkHeartLover

    4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    !

    This is one of my favorite books.read it!!!!!!! IT DESERVES MORE THAN 5 STARS!!!!!!! WAY MORE! LIKE WAY WAY WAY MORE!!!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    I enjoyed this book a lot, it was a good read. I loved how the f

    I enjoyed this book a lot, it was a good read. I loved how the family was Vietnamese and cultured. We'll write .
    Recommend to ages 10-15.

    Also, please... Don't just roleplay in the review section. :\

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Twilightstar

    Tumbleweed Shiningheart silkcoat twilightsparkle Dusklock sparrowsong snowstorm talltree fatalstrike stingingrasp?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Jaysoar

    ((Wildcloud, Daisyfall, Cloverpetal, Whiteblaze, Hollybird, Blueflower, Dustfern, Honeyfrost, Willowheart, Briarshine, Ripplelight, and Ivytwig.)) -Jaysoar

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Perfect

    I COMPLEATLY recamend this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Flamstar

    Kit and queens den.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Uggg

    Toooooooooo expensive




    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 2, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Kitchen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    ClawStar

    Welcome to ClawClan! FYI: This is a simi evil Clan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Shatter to Shatter

    Dude change your name, it is already taken and I don't like copy cats. So fu<_>ck off.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Thicketbramble

    /•\ "I've reposted your Ad." /•\

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Shatter

    "Thankyou."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Lionstar

    Oh... thnx anyway.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Frostfur

    Hey no prob

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Silvermist

    Stumbles in barley on her paws.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    MEOW!!

    This book is awesome! It was sooooooo boring in the beginning but everything ties up in the middle and end! Recommended for ages +10. Hope they write some more books! Thanks Rachel and Mike Grinti!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Awsome!

    It is so totally awsome read it it is awsome

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