Cat Calls

Cat Calls

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763657437
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 12/23/2010
Series: Tantalize
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 155,791
File size: 609 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

In suburban Kansas City, I began as a child poet and grew into a journalist. I was the editor of my junior-high and high-school newspapers. I went on to study journalism at the University of Kansas and law at the University of Michigan Law School.

Along the way, I had a ton of jobs. I worked as a popcorn popper at a movie theater, a cashier at a gas station, a waitress at a Mexican restaurant, a switchboard operator for a bank, a telemarketer, and a receptionist for a small law firm. I served as a reporting intern for various small-town papers and the Dallas Morning News as well as a marketing intern for a greeting-card company in Kansas City, an oil company in Oklahoma, and a nonprofit organization in Topeka. I also held summer/semester clerkships at a judge’s office in Kansas, a small women’s-rights firm in Michigan, and a legal aid in Hawaii.

After graduation I moved to Chicago, where I worked briefly in the law office of the Department of Health and Human Services. But after six months (and a long talk with some ducks in Lake Michigan), I quit my day job to write full time. I eventually relocated and settled in Austin.

I love to literally plunge into my fictional worlds.

For Tantalize, I went house shopping for my characters, confessed my intentions to the realtors, and walked away with floor plans and photos. At the local coffee shop, I tapped hirsute folks on the shoulder and asked if I could take pictures of them to use as models for shape-shifters. I also made a point to dine at every Italian restaurant in Austin.

For the New York Times best-selling novel Eternal, I walked every Chicago street that my characters did, trying to see the landscape anew through their eyes. I made notes about the sounds, the smells, the chill in the air. The ink in my pen froze on Navy Pier, and I ended up cutting that scene anyway.

For the Feral trilogy, I strolled ash-strewn acres of Texas that had been ravaged by wildfires and spent hours at Austin’s rescue zoo communing with lions.

Hearts Unbroken was more of a journey into memory. I had to revisit being a teen journalist whose editorials sometimes crossed swords with suburban Kansas sensibilities. I had to reflect on what it felt like to navigate Native identity on every level, sometimes in the face of bigotry, while also seeking joy and celebrating daily life, culture, and community.

What I love most about being a young adult author is hearing from young adult readers!
I’m happy to answer questions about my novels and to recommend additional books by other authors.

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Cat Calls (FREE short story) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
GokuAu More than 1 year ago
It could've been longer. I didn't even notice when the ending was already there, because the writing made it seem like it was going to go on for a while. Which, I wish it did. It had great potential. :) But as of now it only serves as a prologue to one's own imagination for the story.
Shannon Stoppenbach More than 1 year ago
I was glad that it was only 14 pages long. I dont think i could have taken much more. Kind of reminded me of a short story that a high school kid would write. Sorry not for me.
Robyn Moore More than 1 year ago
Its great, but it really leaves you hanging. This should be a "first 3 chapters free", not a short story:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great short story. An easy 18 pages with a good story line. Cant wait to see if it turns into an actual book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaing...very light reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You sould read it its so good•
Julia Radhakrishnan More than 1 year ago
A good book but too short and the ending stinks. The book nedleds to be longer or their needs to be a sequel it really just leaves you hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very unique short story. The ending left me wanting more. The beginning was a bit slow, but with more twists and turns the plot speeds up quickly. The fans of the supernatural will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, it is a good fun story. I hope the author turns the story into a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will recomend this book to anyone who asks. It is a good read.
AVisconti More than 1 year ago
Thought the concept was great. Could have used a little more. I hate being left hanging at the end. I would have loved to see how it played out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really good short story with a twist at the end but left you hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think cat calls is a great book. I like this book because i like cats. I would like to give this book a chance because i really believe that this book is the best book i ever Read in my entire life and i am not just saying that i truely mean it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a pretty good book so far
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Hello?.......its good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad for 14 pgs. A nice quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but too short. It also leaves you hanging at the end. ___ | | | ^^ ___ATS ARE AWESOME 0 '' `
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolute wonderful story! Heart warming ang D
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It was a good book but the author could give a better ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant complain it was free. The author could have given us a better ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was not very good. There were some words that weren't spelled correctly ,though that didn't really bother me. It had bad transitions that led to confusion , and the plot was not clear. The story did have some interesting parts ,I'll give it that , but most of it was bland. The book was very short ,being only 18 pages long ,and the story was even shorter ,being about 13 pages long. For ages 10+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book i rated it a three bcause it wasnt that good but is was good.