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Jason's cat has nine fantastic lives - and he's taking Jason along for the ride!

Gareth's definitely not an ordinary cat. For one thing, he can talk. For another, he's got the power to travel through time. And the instant he tells this to Jason, the two of them are in ancient Egypt, on the first of nine amazing adventures that Jason will never forget!

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Overview

Jason's cat has nine fantastic lives - and he's taking Jason along for the ride!

Gareth's definitely not an ordinary cat. For one thing, he can talk. For another, he's got the power to travel through time. And the instant he tells this to Jason, the two of them are in ancient Egypt, on the first of nine amazing adventures that Jason will never forget!

Jason and his magic cat Gareth travel through time to visit countries all over the world during different periods of history.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Beloved novels return for a new generation of readers. Lloyd Alexander's first fantasy, Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth was published in 1963, before he went on to write the Newbery Honor book The Black Cauldron (1965) and The High King, winner of the 1969 Newbery Medal. Here, Gareth, a magical cat, and his human friend Jason travel to the past, visiting nine different eras all over the world, including ancient Egypt.
Children's Literature
Inspired by his cat's ability to appear and disappear without his noticing it, Lloyd Alexander crafted a magical fantasy about Jason and his black cat Gareth. Gareth tells Jason that cats do not actually have nine lives, but nine trips. They can go live different lives in different places, and they are allowed to bring a friend. Jason and Gareth go to Egypt in 2700 B.C.E., to Italy in 1468 (where they meet, hang out with and inspire Leonardo da Vinci), to witch hunts in 1600's Germany and to a last stop in 1775 America. Great for stimulating historical discussions, but most importantly, a great read. 2003 (orig. 1963), Henry Holt and Company,
— Sharon Levin
Georges T. Dodds
Time Cat is a book that will appeal to youngsters but has the quality to entertain even the most jaded of adult readers.
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"Beloved novels return for a new generation of readers."

Publishers Weekly

 

"Time Cat is a book that will appeal to youngsters but has the quality to entertain even the most jaded of adult readers."

—SF Site

 

"Time Cat is a delightful tale for young teens, and for anyone who has wondered where cats go 'when you're looking all over and can't find them' or when they 'suddenly appear in a room when you were sure the room was empty.'"

—BookLoons

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786258925
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/2/2003
  • Series: Middle Reader Ser.
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 255
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of more than forty books for children and adults, including the beloved children’s fantasy series, the Chronicles of Prydain, one of the most widely read series in the history of fantasy and the inspiration for the animated Disney film, The Black Cauldron. His books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, and the National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

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Chapter 1: The Visitors Gareth was a black cat with orange eyes. Sometimes, when he hunched his shoulders and put down his ears, he looked like an owl. When he stretched, he looked like a trickle of oil or a pair of black silk pajamas. When he sat on a window ledge, his eyes half-shut and his tail curled around him, he looked like a secret. He belonged to a boy named Jason, who loved him and believed Gareth could do anything in the world. As things turned out, Jason was right-not entirely, but almost. It happened this way. In the middle of a sunny afternoon, Jason sat in his room on the end of his bed, with his chin in his hands, and wished the past five minutes had never happened. Downstairs, in that space of time, he had accomplished the following: 1. Spilled paint on the dining-room table. 2. Dropped his model airplane and stepped on it. 3. Coated the inside of one pocket of his jacket with glue, when the tube he had been saving for emergencies had come uncapped. 4. Torn his shirt. 5. Punched his younger brother in the ribs for laughing at him. 6. Talked back to his mother, who had not agreed his brother needed punching. 7. Begun to cry, a thing Jason despised because he considered himself too old for it. There had been other details he preferred to forget. In any case, he had been told to go to his room, which he did, feeling put down and miserably sorry for himself. Gareth, who had been drowsing on top of Jason's pillow, uncurled and climbed onto the boy's lap. Jason stroked the cat and ran his finger over Gareth's only white spot-on his chest, a T-shaped mark with a loop over the crossbar. "Lucky Gareth," Jason sighed, lying back and closing his eyes, "I wish I had nine lives." The cat stopped purring. "I wish I did, too," he said. Jason started up in surprise. Not because Gareth had spoken. Jason had always been sure he could if he wanted to. It was what Gareth had said. "You mean you really don't have nine lives?" Jason asked, disappointed. "I'm afraid not,' said the cat, in a very matter-of-fact way. "But, since you mention it, I'll tell you a secret. I only have one life. With a difference: I can visit." "Visit?" Jason said. "Yes," Gareth went on, "I can visit nine different lives. Anywhere, any time, any country, any century." "Oh, Gareth!" Jason clapped his hands. "Can all cats do that?" "Where do you think cats go when you're looking all over and can't find them?" Gareth replied. "And have you ever noticed a cat suddenly appear in a room when you were sure the room was empty? Or disappear, and you can't imagine where he went?" "And you've actually gone to a lot of different countries?" Jason asked. No, not yet," Gareth said. "I've been waiting for —- oh, I don't know, a special occasion, you might say. I never saw much sense in just going as a tourist. It's better to wait until there's some important reason." "I guess you're right," Jason nodded. He looked over at Gareth. "I was wondering if you thought there might be a special occasion coming up soon?" "There might be" said Gareth. "Gareth, listen," Jason said eagerly, "if it were a special occasion and somebody else, somebody you liked, wanted very much to go, could you take him with you?" Gareth did not answer immediately. He began looking like an owl and stayed that way for a while. Finally, he said. "Yes, I suppose I could." "Would you take me?" Gareth was silent again. "I could take you with me," he said, after a moment, "but I have to warn you of this. You'd be on your own, you wouldn't have any kind of protection. Neither of us would. Naturally, I'd help you every way I could; we'd be able to talk to each other, but only when no one else was around. Aside from that, what happens, happens. And you couldn't change your mind in the middle. "Oh, there's something else. Whatever you did, you wouldn't dare be separated from me for any length of time. Otherwise, you'd never see home again. Now, if you accept the conditions ... "Oh, Gareth, I accept!" "Are you sure?" the cat asked. "Think carefully." Jason nodded. "Very well," said the cat. "Look into my eyes." And he gave Jason a long, slow wink. copyright (c) Lloyd Alexander, 1963; Published by Puffin Books, a member of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    Time Cat-By Lloyd Alexander

    Where do you think cats go when they aren't around, and suddenly emerges out of nowhere? Lloyd Alexander's historical fiction, Time Cat will tell you about a cat with a great secret behind history.
    Jason, an immature trouble-maker, is stunned to know that his cat, Gareth, doesn't have nine lives, but can travel nine places; any where, any time, any place, any century. By Jason's insistence, Gareth and Jason take off by a wink. Their first destination is ancient Egypt, where they meet a pharaoh. There, Jason teaches him a moral lesson. The pharaoh, in return, gives Jason that medal of ankh, the mark of life. They carry on, going to ancient Rome and Britain. They also travel to Italy from Japan, meeting Leonardo Davinci. Jason and Gareth help young Leonardo to persuade his father to become an artist. They meet both friends and foes; from witch crafted innocent women to nasty forest tribes. Every time they faced problems, they courageously made their way through. After the thrilling journey, Gareth warns Jason not to talk about their travels. Gareth also forbids him from talking to each other. However, Jason doesn't find the request too hard, since no one would believe him anyway. In Jason's hand, glitters the medal of ankh.
    Time Cat is very educational and unique. The story is fun as well as teaches ancient history. I recommend this novel to any history-lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    Jo Made Me Read it and I Liked it.

    Jason is a boy, he owns a cat named Gareth. Little did he know Gareth is more than just a ordinary cat, they'll go on strange adventures including a Pharaoh, other cats, Leonardo DaVinci,and more. They go to different times and locations like Egypt, China, Rome. But the end is really unpredictable.

    That was a summary of Time Cat a fantasy story written by Lioyd Alexander. I'd give it a 4.5 star rating. I liked the plot, and the character development. However I did not like the fact that the chapters were kind of systematic. Still I'd recommend it to you mostly because after I read it I really liked it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    Time Cat's Good

    One day after a boy just got sent to his room he said to his cat "I wish had 9 lives like you." "I don't HAVE 9 lives," said the cat. "I can GO to 9 lives." The boy and the cat go to 9 different places in history.

    I liked this book because it had very good words that described things and people, like when author said a cat was so scared that his hair stood by itself. I think you should read this book because you will get so hooked that you will want to read it again and again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    I would recommend the book

    My book club group in school just finished the book Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander. The book is fantasy, but it seems true. The story takes place at different points of time. The two main characters are a boy called Jason and his cat, Gareth. The plot of Time Cat is traveling through time. Together they visit different countries and cultures. They also help people and solve problems that people have while at each time point. While traveling through time they find out new things, such as Jason learned Egyptians worship cats.

    I understand how some of the people in the book felt about cats because I felt the same way when I had a cat. I will give four stars to Time Cat because it was a good book, but it could use more action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2009

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    Okay....

    Okay, Gareth's defintely not an ordinary cat. For one thing, he can talk. For another, he's got the power to travel through time. And the istant he tells this to Jason (owner), the 2 of them are in ancient Egypt, on the first of nine amazing adventures Jason will never forget!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Summer Reading Requirement

    I liked this book because it was interesting.I liked that it was adventurous.This book remminded me of Magic Tree House.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Student Review

    Time Cat is a great book for people who like adventure books. I liked it a lot because it connected to ancient time in history. Jason and his cat Gareth travel through time and meet the Egyptians, they go to Rome, and they even meet Leonardo DaVinci. I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. If I were Gareth, I would go back to the time when Rome had a full civilization. This book made me laugh quite a bit at the funny parts and it made me kind of sad at some parts. I would recommend this book for kids in maybe 6th grade because they would have some background on the history in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Accurate but not detaied

    This book is definitely in the category of historical fiction. The plot, like a lot of historical fiction books, is not entertaining or interesting at all. The only interesting parts are when you learn something new from historical connections in the book. The good thing about this book is that it gives a nice variety of historical connections and also has accurate information. The bad things are the book only gives a small amount of information about each place and time, and most of the time, it is information you already know about that civilization. If you are looking for a book that gives you a small peek into historical times, with a wide variety of history to learn from, then this book is the right pick. On the other hand, if you are looking for either an interesting read or a book that goes into more detail and variety about a civilization, then I recommend you buy a historical book that focuses on only one civilization or historical time. My final statement about this book is that it has a large and accurate variety of historical facts, but a very brief summary of each historical time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    A reviewer

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book Time Cat. This book¿s creative and unique plot, where Jason and Gareth travel through time and around the globe is a charming change from the normal time travel stories. I recommend this book for readers who read for fun, but not for readers who want a deep plot and lots of action in their reading. I think Time Cat is one of Lloyd Alexander`s best works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    awesome

    I loved it because it tells about actual things in time but it isn't boring, also, only a child could actually believe that their cat can talk or visit nine lives so thats why most dont like it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    Loved It

    I read this book as a child and loved it. I have recently rebought it and enjoy it, though it took me only an hour to read. If you like cats and culture, I think you will like this book. If you are over the age of 12 it might bore you. For goodness sake it is a chidren's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    save your money

    I bought this book right away because of the summary, but it was actually very dull and it really reminded me of a history book. It talked so much about history and the plot wasn't that strong. If I could, I would give it 0 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2005

    POINTLESS!! = )

    the plot was really lame, and tell me what kind of person doesn't get freaked out when his cat starts talkning to him!! besides, it's too obvious also

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2005

    the best cat book

    i loved it! it was the best! i liked it when they went to egypt the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    boring

    I thought it was slow moving and not enough of a plot to hold my attention. In a way, it was to simple of a book and didnt keep you on your toes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!

    It's about Jason and his cat Gareth who doesn't have 9 lives but can go to 9 different places. I liked this book because they travel to all different places. Sometimes they travel to places were they think cats are demons and in other places cats are gods

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Time Cat's so cute!

    Gareth is so cool and he is very very tricky. As Jason travels in time with Gareth they unravelthe pasts secrets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    Excellent adventure story!!

    Jason is a boy about the age of 12. Gareth is Jason¿s cat. Together they travel to ancient times and places. They meet many interesting people. Each adventure leads to something else. I enjoyed the interesting adventures of Jason and Garth. I couldn¿t wait to read the next chapter. How exciting to have your cat with you on all of these adventures! Definitely read this book if you like cats and adventure!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    An Amazing Adventure!

    OMG, another cat lover! Thank you for those words, Paul Pinson! I feel the same way! Dogs are always the glorified heroes, and cats the evil witch-pets! This story turns it around, though, and makes the cat a loveable good-guy, although this book isn't a tale of villains and heroes, really. It is always nice reading a book that at least doesn't portray an evil cat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    Finally! A cat gets the attention

    Dogs, dogs, dogs!!!! That's all you ever hear!!! But this book shines some of the light a magical cat. Even though it kinda goes to quick it sure is better than dog books!!!

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