Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat

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Born in the wild, on a tropical island where food is scarce and predators are plentiful, a tiny kitten struggles to stay alive. When she is captured by humans and taken from her mother, Lucy Miracle's rags-to-riches adventure begins. In this epic tale told by Lucy herself, you will feel her terror when she is trapped in a cage. See through her eyes as she is nursed back to health from the brink of death, and share her joy as she accepts the ...

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Overview

Born in the wild, on a tropical island where food is scarce and predators are plentiful, a tiny kitten struggles to stay alive. When she is captured by humans and taken from her mother, Lucy Miracle's rags-to-riches adventure begins. In this epic tale told by Lucy herself, you will feel her terror when she is trapped in a cage. See through her eyes as she is nursed back to health from the brink of death, and share her joy as she accepts the love of her new human family.

Will Lucy ever see her mother again? Can she and her human friends stop the man who wants to murder every cat on the island? If she decides to live in a house with humans, will she miss the freedom of the wild?

Experience life as a feral cat in Taming Me.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marla K. Unruh
On an island in the Bahamas, a cat and her kitten are living in the wild and scrounging for food when a tantalizing smell lures them into a cage. The kitten is separated from her mother and fights to get free. The humans are kind rescuers, however, and the kitten is named Lucy by the human who is nursing her to health and trying to domesticate her. The human, Darcy, is organizing a Trap-Neuter-Return program to control the feral cats on the island but dotes on this kitten and wants to keep her. As Lucy tells the story, however, it is she who tames the humans, not the other way around. This reviewer found it distracting that, although the narrator is a very young kitten, she describes her surroundings in sophisticated detail, naming the trees, bushes, animals, and birds. She knows which humans are the native Bahamians (the servants) and which are not (the seasonal residents). If the reader accepts this unlikely premise, the next problem is the lack of any real excitement. A series of low-voltage conflicts is easily resolved, and the pacing is slow. Finally, the cloying way Darcy communicates with Lucy and Lucy calls Darcy and her husband Mommy and Daddy make this a book for the true animal lover. Middle readers who are feline aficionados will want to see Lucy safely established in her human family. Ages 11 to 14.
VOYA - Amber Brown
Taming Me is quite a unique story. The book is told from the island cat's point of view. A cat lover will not much enjoy this book. Maybe it will better appeal to a younger age group. Even though it is a short book, this reviewer found it hard to get through because there is no big attention grabber in the story. 3Q, 2P. Ages 11 to 14.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938728153
  • Publisher: Collage Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 518,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Unruh is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist with a gift for words and an affinity for animals. She currently hosts a talk show titled Up Close with Cathy Unruh for WEDU-TV in Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Unruh is a frequent speaker and emcee in west central Florida, her primary home. She appears monthly in WEDU's Premiere magazine, and regularly in other publications such as Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay Illustrated, and Cultural Affairs. She is an award-winning member of the Cat Writers Association.

Unruh is affiliated at the highest levels with the following national animal welfare organizations: The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, PETA, and Farm Sanctuary. In Florida, she co-founded an organization devoted to feral cats called Mission MEOW (Managing and Ending Overpopulation Wisely), which works alongside groups across the United States, including Neighborhood Cats of New York City and Alley Cat Allies, a national non-profit.

Unruh is a part-time resident of Cat Cay in the Bahamas, where she met and adopted Lucy Miracle, the narrator and protagonist of Taming Me.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    I loved this book about Lucy Miracle, a feral cat on a Bahama Is

    I loved this book about Lucy Miracle, a feral cat on a Bahama Island. The author did an excellent job of telling Lucy's story in her (Lucy's) own words and thoughts. It would be a great read for anyone, cat lover or not.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    This is a wonderful story, written from the cat's point of view,

    This is a wonderful story, written from the cat's point of view, about a giving and caring couple that decided to give life and hope to some feral cats on a beautiful tropical island. "Taming Me" is about one of them, Lucy Miracle, and how she saw her life, and humans, before Cathy came along. The story begins with sadness, malnourishment and hopelessness and develops into happiness, love and trust as Lucy learns to become part of her ultra-civilized new home and family. This is a story about how one or two caring and devoted people can change the lives not only of some beautiful and loving stray cats, but of the many, many people they have inspired along the way. This is a book to buy in bulk...one for each grandchild, please. And one for the nice lady down the street, and one for the guy at the office tat needs to gain a different perspective on things. This is a truly enriching book. Buy it. You won't be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    I just finished reading this book and absolutely loved it! I fo

    I just finished reading this book and absolutely loved it! I found it hard to put down. Lucy's story is very compelling and the author did a great job of being Lucy's voice. I am not an animal person, but I can see that there are humane ways of treating animals, with love and compassion. By doing so, we all win. Thank you to the author for not only telling a great story, but also educating us about feral cats! Can't wait to read the sequels!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    This is one of those books you want more of.  It's for "cat

    This is one of those books you want more of.  It's for "cat people," yes, but it's also a full of suspense and lots of up and down emotions.  Lovingly told and beautifully written.  Sequels, please!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Cat lovers will love this story

    The writing isn't of the same quality as, say, Homer's Odyssey, but this is an intriguing, true cat story told from the cat's point of view. Enough twists and turns to hold the interest and the heart of any diehard cat lover. The ending is altogether satisfying on several levels. If you love to read about cats, especially stories about real cats, you will enjoy this book. It's a 4 and a half star cat story told by a 2 and a half star writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    This story is a page turner! Told in the voice of a feral kitte

    This story is a page turner! Told in the voice of a feral kitten, it allows a view of life as a feral animal and the struggle for survival, as well as the tension in relationships with humans. It is thought provoking and will make you laugh, cheer and cry. Great read for a day at the beach.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2012

    Great Read!

    I loved the book! It took me right in. I was laughing at some parts and on the edge of my seat during others. It was sweet and at times scary. One of those books that you hate to end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I loved how this was written from the view of the cat. Not only was it a heart warming story, but it also included true facts about feral cats. Be prepared to laugh and cry.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Taming Me is an easy read and provides the reader with a rollerc

    Taming Me is an easy read and provides the reader with a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the story. I found myself holding my breath in spots and reading with anticipation with each of Lucy Miracle's adventures. Any animal lover will enjoy this book, cheer the cause and rally against the injustices of society towards defenseless animals throughout the world. Cathy has a huge heart for both animals and humankind.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    I really Loved the Book.About Lucy Miracle. As I Love Cats. I g

    I really Loved the Book.About Lucy Miracle. As I Love Cats. I got to meet Lucy Miracle Cathy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    I think of cats as curious, not clever. Too much page filler, f

    I think of cats as curious, not clever. Too much page filler, for this feline lover. But what concerns me most, is how overweight the cat has become. Overcompensating is not healthy, and not the right message to send to anyone. A memoir? That's a bit of a stretch. A disappointment.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    "Taming Me" is a delightful story that showcases the d

    "Taming Me" is a delightful story that showcases the deep bonds that can form between an animal and a human - Lucy Miracle's story is about trust, patience, courage, passion and dedication...Darcie is a truly remarkable person who just refuses to let the status of the Island's feral cats remain tenuous and fraught with danger...her deeply held conviction that all creatures should be treated with respect compel her to make a difference in their lives - and that she does! Nothing and no one will stand in her way. Bravo Darcie - I commend you for your passion and for making a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    I absolutely loved Taming Me! I felt a variety of emotions when

    I absolutely loved Taming Me! I felt a variety of emotions when reading about Lucy's adventures, from joy of her free-spirited and determined attitude, to tears and feelings of revenge during some of her plights. This is a must read for all animal lovers – not just friends of felines.



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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    This is a beautifully written story that touched me on many leve

    This is a beautifully written story that touched me on many levels. It is told by Lucy (a cat) about her life, but it holds so much more meaning. Ms Unruh has captured the people-to-people and people-to-animal relationships that young and old can learn from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    I loved this book!  Lucy's story is both heartwarming and thrill

    I loved this book!  Lucy's story is both heartwarming and thrilling- many twists and turns, as well as tears!  The author does a nice job of imagining Lucy's thoughts and feelings.  The imagery of the island is so lovely- I wish I could visit!  

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    Lucy's journey from feral cat to pampered house pet leaves you w

    Lucy's journey from feral cat to pampered house pet leaves you wanting more. Can't wait for the sequel! Added to that, the truth about the success of TNVR makes this book not only entertaining but enlightening. For a first time author, Unruh has nailed it!!

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    Posted October 19, 2012

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