Cat Burglar Black

Cat Burglar Black

by Richard Sala


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K. Westree: Teen Cat Burglar

When K. Westree arrives at Bellsong Academy, she thinks she's left her cat-burgling past behind her. But K. soon discovers the school has a mystery of its own, a hidden treasure left behind by its founder, and she's the only one who has a hope of finding it. As she resumes her cat-burgling in an attempt to discover the school's secrets, K. begins to question if a normal life is really what she wants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596431447
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile: HL430L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Richard Sala grew up with a fascination for musty old museums, dusty old libraries, cluttered antique shops, narrow alleyways, hidden truths, double meanings, and late night walks. He is known for an expressionistic style combining elements of horror, mystery, and whimsy. Often compared to figures like Edward Gorey or Gris Grimley, he has collaborated with such luminaries as Art Spiegelman and Lemony Snickett, and has illustrated a rediscovered script written by Jack Kerouac. His illustrations and comics have appeared in RAW, Esquire, and The New York Times.

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Cat Burglar Black 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a devilishly divine caper! K. has been raised in an orphanage by a wicked woman who has trained the children to be master thieves and pickpockets when one day she receives a call from a long lost aunt to come live with her at a rundown boarding school. K arrives and meets 3 other girls who seem to come from similar circumstances as her and the teens are encouraged to continue their thievery working for a secret organization. I loved this book! The story is fast-paced, a little over-the-top at times but so much fun it's forgivable. A spooky atmosphere, people who go missing, strange voices in the night and a spunky heroine who isn't about to believe any old line make this a can't put down read. The ending leaves many questions unanswered and while it is a satisfying ending one can't help but think that a sequel is planned. Mystery fans will love this, especially girls.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading one of Richard Sala's books and it's...interesting. I had to read this book twice to fully appreciate the story and the artwork, although I still have some mixed feelings about the book.Overall the story is pretty fantastic. A strong young female character who can stand up for herself doesn't come along as often as it should in stories. And Sala does a masterful job of portraying K with her strength and weaknesses and has created a character that anyone can identify with, particularly young women I think. My mixed feelings come from a what appears to be a couple of plot holes with introducing characters that, at least in this story, have no real impact. Perhaps Sala is planning a second story in which this will be resolved, but I've found no evidence at the moment of this. I also had to read the book a second time to fully appreciate all of the aspects of the story, but I'm glad that I did.The artwork isn't quite what I expected either, but it grew on me by the end of the book. The watercolor quality fits well with the story and gives it a almost ghostly feel to it. The villains of the story have a slight Gothic feel to them and are quite enjoyable as Sala expertly captures their emotions so that we are clued in early to who they really are.Overall I enjoyed the book and would really like to see a sequel as K finds out what happened to her friends and parents. Hopefully Sala will create one for us.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weird, very weird. Attractive and innocent young women are being trained as cat burglars by a grotesque and disturbing staff of adults on a remote estate surrounded by dark and twisted woods. Nearly all of a reader's worst suspicions are, as the story unfolds, gradually confirmed. The fact that the plot has a baffling hole at its core doesn't keep this graphic novel from being incredibly and effectively creepy.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ugh. This. Was. Awful. K.'s an orphan, and thinks she's lucked out in escaping the evil woman who ran the orphanage she'd been living in. However, when she arrives at her new boarding school, she discovers that the headmistress expects K. to use the burglary skills she was forced to develop in the orphanage to find a hidden treasure.The story concept is good: orphan forced to steal and pickpocket as a child, then is encouraged to put those skills to somewhat good use.
MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Katherine Westree, who prefers to be called K, had an Oliver Twist-like upbringing, orphaned at an early age she was raised by Mother Claude, the leader of a gang of young thieves. She was trained in the dishonest arts until she was caught and sent to reform school. Now, as a teenager, a hitherto unknown aunt has sent her to Bellsong Academy, a girl¿s boarding school. She soon discovers that the place is run by another gang of crooks. They call themselves, "The Obtainers," and the school uniform is basic cat burglar black. Needless to say The Obtainers want to make use of her skills, and not the ones she learned in reform school.This is a deliciously creepy crime caper with the air of danger and the supernatural wafting around it.