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Claws
     

Claws

4.6 36
by Mike Grinti
 

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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 down-and-out harpies, hags, and trolls. Emma wonders if she'll ever see

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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 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...

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545469678
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
485,802
File size:
12 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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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Claws 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awesome. I recommend it for everyone who likes magic and fantasy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books.read it!!!!!!! IT DESERVES MORE THAN 5 STARS!!!!!!! WAY MORE! LIKE WAY WAY WAY MORE!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :\
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so totally awsome read it it is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever! It is one of my favorites.OMG!! If you love suspense. This is the right book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!! Kept my interest the whole way until the end! Also kept me questing where the story would go. Would recommend this to anyone that enjoys books about magic and cats!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liied this book even if it was too short. I liked it so much I gave it to my school library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I COMPLEATLY recamend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such great book cant put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SUCH A GREAT BOOK!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I'm reading it right now. It's so awesome that I can't put it down. One time my friend was coming over and so I was reading the book and my friend was like "Hey you know I'm here right? And then I looked up and I'm like "Oh sorry..." that's how interesting it is. I highly recommend this book. Rate:5,000,000,000 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are good books and there are great ones, but this was amazing!
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Tamora_PierceSYR More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most unique stories involving faeries and other magical folk that I've ever read. Emma's parents have gone broke paying for detectives to track down their missing daughter Helena. Now they're living in a trailer park on the edge of a forest where dangers and magic lurk, still hoping to find the daughter they lost to the fae while ignoring the daughter who's left. Emma is wide open to the blandishments of the cat who tells her he can help, if she will only help him. Of course, there is a price. Nothing is what it seems to be. Nothing is as safe as it seems to be, either. Emma's involvement with the cats who want to kill her companion could help, or it could end up killing her. Nothing that involves cats, it seems, is easy. Dealing with the faeries might be safer. Or is it? It's breathtaking; it's funny; it's fascinating, and it's unique. You won't be able to put it down. I couldn't, anyway!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME book but to expensive, get it in paperback.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was good but im not wild about it. It was ok.
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