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The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas: How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love [NOOK Book]

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The heart-warming true story of a little boy and the cat that changed his life.

Julia’s nine-year-old son George was autistic. Quiet and withdrawn, he appeared lost in his own world. Then one day a small black-and-white stray cat appeared in her garden and George’s face lit up.

George bonded with Ben and ...
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The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas: How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love

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Overview

The heart-warming true story of a little boy and the cat that changed his life.

Julia’s nine-year-old son George was autistic. Quiet and withdrawn, he appeared lost in his own world. Then one day a small black-and-white stray cat appeared in her garden and George’s face lit up.

George bonded with Ben and began to open up to his mother as well. For three happy years, the trio was inseparable and George made remarkable progress. But then disaster struck—Ben went missing and George regressed.

The weeks turned into months, and Christmas was fast approaching, but on December 21, Julia got a call from a family more than fifty miles away, which finally offered a ray of hope . . .

Genuinely touching, The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas is a story about devotion, love, and a holiday miracle, and is perfect for fans of Lil Bub, I Am Pusheen the Cat, and A Street Cat Named Bob.
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Before the stray cat entered their lives, Julia Romp's nine-year-old son George seemed like a lost boy. Autistic and reclusive, he rarely smiled and seemed to avoid interactions even with his family. When little Ben arrived; everything changed. George welcomed him, talking to him and eventually spinning intricate stories. Steadily, the sea-change touched every facet of the young boy's life: at home, at school, everywhere. Then the unthinkable happened: The tiny black-and-white cat disappeared. This Christmas story about the return of one child's confidante and how it changed him makes an unforgettable holiday story. Buyer's pick.

Publishers Weekly
Rump’s 10-year-old autistic son, George, often felt more to her like a “visitor she could not make happy instead of own child”—that is, until the day a stray cat appeared in their garden. Ben the cat’s impact on the Rump family is the subject of this engaging memoir. Single mother Rump lives with George in a London council estate. When George is born, something is obviously wrong: he cries “day in, day out” and hates to be touched. He barely sleeps, doesn’t make eye contact, and, when he’s older, if a visitor arrived unexpectedly he “curl up into a ball and rock.” However, after they’ve taken their stray cat to the vet and Rump and George visit the cat, George kneels down beside the cage and talks to the cat, who looks George “square in the eyes.” To Rump’s amazement, George doesn’t look away, and instead engages with the cat. After that, as Rump says, “everything changed.” With a fresh, honest, and frequently funny voice, despite the considerable hardships depicted, Rump offers a moving story that comes from the heart. Agent: Laetitia Rutherford, Mulcahy Conway Associates. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
The heartwarming story of a working-class single mother, her autistic son and the stray cat who brought them together as a family. Pet rescuer Romp was 22 and unmarried when she gave birth to her son, George. She knew he was different from the outset--restless and always screaming, he "seemed almost tormented by life." Feeling bewildered by her son's bizarre anti-social behaviors and guilty that she couldn't give him a two-parent home, Romp became even more exasperated by the assurances others gave her that George would eventually adjust. It wasn't until her son was 10, however, that the school psychologists confirmed that George was not only autistic, but also had "ADHD and paranoid tendencies." The diagnosis allowed him to get the help he needed, but doctors warned Romp that George would never be a "cuddly boy." Salvation for both mother and son came shortly thereafter in the form of a "thin and sickly" stray cat named Ben. Although George had never been able to bond with other animals, he formed an intense relationship with Ben. Almost immediately, George began speaking to it in a gentle voice, which gave Romp a glimpse of her son's unseen emotional depths. The cat became Romp's key to accessing the closeness she desired with her son, which she achieved by joining him in the narrative world he built around Ben. But when their beloved pet suddenly went missing, her relationship with George was tested. Fortunately, she found the cat a few days before Christmas. More importantly, though, she discovered that while her family of three wasn't the most conventional, it "didn't make it any less of one." Sensitive without being overly sentimental.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101603529
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 277,558
  • File size: 508 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Cute cute

    Very cute and special story about a boy living with autism and the unbreakable bond that he has with his best friend ben. Ben is the one that breaks through the barriers that exist in children who live with autism bringing forth the feelings of love and the sound of laughter that george never displayed before ben came into his life. Ben is a remarkable cat. This book will illustrate to how important an animal can be to a family an to what measures they will go to recooperate the loss of that loved one. I know there may seem to be exaggerations in this story about the life of the boy but it is totally believable, because my family lived through the same cats and all. Great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Awesome book

    This was a great book about a kid with adhd that is in need until a cat named Ben helps this poor child.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    So...................CUTE!!!

    It sounds like a really good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    The book sounds SO cute!!!!!!!

    I have not read it but it sounds amazing and SOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Lovely story

    A wonderful journey. My heart raced and I held my breath in anticipation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Heartwarming...

    Heartwarming...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    3

    So so so so cute

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

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    George was a handful at first, crying for hours on end, never sl

    George was a handful at first, crying for hours on end, never sleeping. Julia tried everything to please her son. He then grew to be withdrawn and quiet, in his own little world. George was finally diagnosed as autistic and even with a diagnosis things didn't get any easier. Until one day a small black and white stray cat appeared in their garden and George's face just lit up. He named the kitty Ben and George started to open up to his mother. He was like a different little boy. Until one day when Ben disappeared.





    This was a very heartwarming story. Animals can have a profound effect in people no matter what they may be facing. 




    As a mom with several cats in residence this is very clear to me and when one disappears it can break your heart. This happened to at our house twice this year. Back in the summer heat my cat Sherlock got outside and was missing for about a week. When he came back he was very sick and dehydrated. That was when we were receiving record high temperatures. Today he still has little wombles but he is back at my side every day. I missed him so much.








    Then about 6 weeks ago my daughter's cat Watson went out exploring. He did this a lot and was always waiting on the porch the next morning. But not this time. He has still not come home and we have posted notices, call the vets in the area and the humane society's and posted online at missing pet sites. Last week we were sent a picture on Facebook and we were sure it was our Watson. My daughter rushed to pick him up. When she arrived she knew it wasn't him but the people didn't want this cat so she bought him home. She calls him Watson 2.0. He has not taken Watson's place but he has healed her heart a bit. After reading this story I am still holding out hope the our Watson will make his way home to us. What better time than Christmas.




    Julia goes way beyond anything we did. She never gave up and answered every call and kept searching. My only question I had was how George blamed his mother totally for Ben's disappearance when the cat was in his father's care at the time. His father was not a constant figure in his life so maybe he didn't feel he could last out at him the same way as his mom. There is still so much we don't know about autism but Julia gives us an inside look. 




    Looking for a stocking stuffer for cat lover, this book would make a great gift. You might want to include a small box of tissues.

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