Feline Charm (Pocket Cats Series)

Feline Charm (Pocket Cats Series)

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by Kitty Wells, Joanna Harrison
     
 

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The third Pocket Cat has come to life, and this time the problem that needs solving is in Maddy's ballet class.  Ollie's tingling whiskers tell him that Maddy's best friend is about to give up on ballet, even though she loves it. When Maddy uses her new magic power to boost Rachel's confidence, Rachel lands the star part in the ballet school's big show . . . and…  See more details below

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The third Pocket Cat has come to life, and this time the problem that needs solving is in Maddy's ballet class.  Ollie's tingling whiskers tell him that Maddy's best friend is about to give up on ballet, even though she loves it. When Maddy uses her new magic power to boost Rachel's confidence, Rachel lands the star part in the ballet school's big show . . . and Maddy is desperately jealous. On opening night, Rachel needs the cat magic more than ever, but is Maddy strong enough to put her best friend first?

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Children's Literature - Alison F. Solove
Maddy's tiny, ceramic cats come to life to loan her their "feline powers" so she can her solve own problems. In this third novel, Maddy revels in her raw talent as a ballet dancer, but pities her clumsier best friend, Rachel. When both audition for the community production of "The Nutcracker," staring famous ballerina Snow Bradley, Maddy is certain she will be cast as Clara, the young protagonist. The third pocket cat, Ollie, comes to life in time to give her the power of mind suggestion to help Rachel overcome her fear of performing. With her fear gone, Rachel's hard work pays off and she earns the part of Clara. Jealous Maddy cannot focus and realizes that natural talent is not enough without hard work. Opening night, she admits to Rachel, who knows about the pocket cats, that she helped her nail the audition and has been jealous ever since. Snow convinces Rachel that stage fright is normal and Rachel dances the part perfectly, without any magical help. Mission accomplished, Ollie turns back into ceramic and Maddy wonders what problem her cats will come to life to help her with next. Feline Charm does not have the trappings of a series—no number on the spine and little summary of the action of the proceeding novels. As a result, it is difficult to get into without the first two books. The saccharine, pastel book jacket does not do this novel justice. (The internal illustrations, however, are inviting and pertinent.) These flaws aside, Wells writes a charming tale with a clear understanding of young readers' concerns. Rather than just discussing Maddy's jealousy, Wells also raises issues about developing natural talents and overcoming fear. Reviewer: Alison F. Solove
Kirkus Reviews
Maddy Lloyd and her ceramic cats are back, this time solving a problem close to home (Shadow Magic, 2011). Maddy and Rachel are anxious about the ballet tryouts for The Nutcracker. Their favorite ballerina, Snow Bradley, is going to be the Sugarplum Fairy, and all the girls just know that Maddy will be chosen as Clara. Rachel dances too, but she suffers from such stage fright that it's clear that she is about to give up--which is a shame, because she is quite a dancer when she is alone. Ollie, the third ceramic cat, soon comes to life. Ollie is all vanity, but he has an author's gift for dramatic tension, even keeping his mission secret until absolutely necessary. Part of a series, the book's formula is clear: The tiny cat can switch back and forth from ceramic to flesh, understands the problem and can make humans change their behavior. When Rachel ends up summoning her skills and courage, Maddy has to face the fact that her place as the best dancer in the troupe is no longer secure, and her response almost costs the girls their friendship. The British vocabulary and spelling (practise, tetchily, panto and strop, for instance) add a level of challenge to a book for children just transitioning from beginning readers. The sweet storyline, appealing characters and just the right touch of magic make this an endearing series for new, cat-loving readers who are ready for a little bit of adventure in their vocabulary. (Fantasy. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385752121
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Series:
Pocket Cats Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

KITTY WELLS (aka Lee Weatherly) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She moved to the UK in 1995, and now lives in Hampshire with her husband. She's written Breakfast at Sadie's, Kat Got Your Tongue, Missing Abby, and Child X, and is also the author of Bloomsbury UK's Glitterwings Academy series for younger children.

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Feline Charm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rainpaw pads in sleepily and makes a nest for himself and Newpaw.