Healing of Texas Jake

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Texas Jake is on the mend...
and the fur is really flying.

Texas Jake, the big yellow tomcat, was badly injured saving his friends from the huge mastiff Bertram the Bad. Now the other cats in the Club of Mysteries are looking for ways to speed Texas Jake's recovery — perhaps earn the right to take his place as leader of the club.
Marco and Polo have taken on the riskiest mission of all — gathering some comfrey...

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Overview

Texas Jake is on the mend...
and the fur is really flying.

Texas Jake, the big yellow tomcat, was badly injured saving his friends from the huge mastiff Bertram the Bad. Now the other cats in the Club of Mysteries are looking for ways to speed Texas Jake's recovery — perhaps earn the right to take his place as leader of the club.
Marco and Polo have taken on the riskiest mission of all — gathering some comfrey leaves to heal Texas Jake's wounds. The problem is, comfrey grows only at the city dump, and that's the turf of the dreaded Steak Knife and his gang. Steak Knife is rumored to have a collection of tails of his victims — and not just mouse and bird tails either!
Soon the brothers are up to their whiskers in danger. Will Marco and Polo return with the goods — and with their tails?

To prove themselves worthy of succeeding Texas Jake as leader of the feline Club of Mysteries, cat brothers Marco and Polo agree to bring him the comfrey that will heal his wounds.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This sequel to The Grand Escape finds tabby brothers Marco and Polo off once more for a little unfinished business in the cat clubhouse above Murphy's garage. Marco has decided he's quite capable of taking over the club's leadership should Texas Jake be permanently incapacitated from their last adventure. The formidable T.J. has other thoughts on the subject. Thus, club members find themselves on personal quests to cure their leader's wounds or perhaps just his wounded pride. Needless to say, Marco and Polo prove themselves once more. Along the way, Naylor writes a charming cat story well-grounded in the psychology of felines. The book is a welcome addition to the genre begun by Esther Averill's magical cat stories.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6In this sequel to The Grand Escape (Atheneum, 1993), house cats Marco and Polo temporarily leave their snug home to join up with the members of the Club of Mysteries. The feline club is headed by the ultra-tough (though badly wounded) Texas Jake, who commands each member to prove his worthiness to be his successor by performing a difficult task. Texas Jake's forceful personality has all the cats leaping to obey him, even the increasingly rebellious Marco. There isn't much plot here; most of the story hinges on the interplay between Texas Jake and the other cats, with Marco and Polo's perilous excursions in search of comfrey for his wounds adding some adventure. It's hard to understand why the two cats devote so much time to a club that gives so little in return; fans of The Grand Escape will have a little more insight into this matter and will enjoy following the lives of the cat brothers. The rather abrupt and anticlimactic ending will leave readers hanging, but will also give ample hope of a third installment to the story. Black-and-white sketches capture some of the more exciting scenes.Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689874062
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Series: Cat Pack Series , #2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 461,787
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh and the Alice series. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit AliceMcKinley.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    its great for cat lovers!!!!!!

    marco and polo (two tabby cats) are off on a journey to to find a plant (comfrey)which only grows in the dump to heal T.J`s(Texas Jake) wounds and prove theirselves worthy to T.J,leader of the Club of Mysteries but, can they make it away from Bertram the Bad(the bad dog)and Steakknife and his over-the-hill gang.

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