Book 1 in the best-selling Cats in the Mirror series.
Kimba lives the care-free life of a much loved house cat, but what she really wants is freedom and the wild life for which she was born. Then she learns a secret that changes everything. The alien Cats in the Mirror show her the truth of her destiny. Kimba must choose between the freedom she craves and the human family she loves.
Some cats are born on Earth and never know who they really are. Others are sent. They are undercover for their years on Earth. They know who they are. They know that they are not from Earth at all. And they are part of a bigger plan.
"Why Kimba Saved The World" is the Moonbeam award winning, Story Monster Approved, and Mom's Choice honoree Book 1 in this middle grade series. This hardcover version is based on the second edition of the paperback book and includes the first chapter of Book 2, "Vacation Hiro."
About the Author
Meg and her family (including four cats and her dog, Max) live in Arkansas. Visit her at www.megdendler.com for more information about upcoming books and events and all of Meg's social media links. You can also follow Kimba on Facebook and Twitter.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Hunting
Chapter 2 Impossible Decision
Chapter 3 Saved
Chapter 4 Wrestling Thoughts
Chapter 5 Growing Up
Chapter 6 Price of Freedom
Chapter 7 New Friends
Chapter 8 The Big Black Beast
Chapter 9 Settled Life
Chapter 10 First Contact
Chapter 11 Cat in the Mirror
Chapter 12 First Assignment
Chapter 13 First Report
Chapter 14 Missed Opportunity
Chapter 15 Outside
Chapter 16 Embarrassing Report
Chapter 17 Machines
Chapter 18 Code Word
Chapter 19 Questions Still Unanswered
Chapter 20 Decisions, Decisions
Chapter 21 Time for Action
Chapter 22 Hacked
Chapter 23 Final Report
Sample Chapter, Vacation Hiro
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First in a series of middle grade chapter books featuring a family which includes four cats and a dog along with their human family. In this book, Kimba, a heterochromatic cat, is recruited by an agency of sci-fi cats to restore cats to their rightful place as rulers of the universe. Kimba is distinct not only due to the fact that she has one green and one blue eye, but also because she combines the curiosity of a cat with the sensitivity of a human. Kimba and her sister Hiro’s lives change one day when Kimba sees a mysterious image in the bathroom mirror. Turns out a race of cats led by its leader Regalus are plotting a world-wide takeover and Kimba has been selected to be one of their spies. But Kimba has never even been outside the house, and Hiro has even less interest in changing her comfortable existence. How can they possibly succeed? The story line starts out slowly, then builds up as Kimba eventually must choose between her family and her cat lineage. Dendler knows the character and personality of felines well; she does a superb job of getting into Kimba’s head and allowing the reader to identify with her. Middle grade readers who love animals will like this book; it paints a realistic picture with enough sci-fi details to make the story convincing. In the end, Kimba, like many of her young readers in their everyday lives, is forced to make a difficult decision. Where does her loyalty lie? Recommended as an independent read for students age nine through twelve or as a read aloud by a librarian or classroom teacher. Available in kindle and paperback. The second and third books in the series have recently been released.
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Please note: The review of this book, donated for the sole purpose of a review) was completed by Bud Scott based on a rubric designed by the site’s owner, LABrown Bud has graciously given permission to LABrown to post this review on his behalf using her Amazon Reviewer’s profile. If you would like to read the entire review which includes an in depth author interview – please visit The Magnolia Blossom Review’s online today! And Now for the Review Review by Bud Scott Book Title - 4/5 The title grabbed my attention as I wanted to know who Kimba was & why Kimba saved the world (also how). Book Cover - 3/ 5 The cover made me think that a giant cat was going to save the world. Covers can be tricky; art is subjective. First 500... - 8/10 Discovering that some cats are actually an alien race & had some nefarious mission made me want to find out what it was & how it was dealt with. Blurb Effectiveness - 10/10 The blurb was concise & hit all of the high point of the story line without giving too much away. Age Recommendation/Genre Classification - 10/10 I think the age classification & the genre were also on the money. The length may seem daunting to some middle-schoolers, in this age of tweets & text messages, but I think it's appropriate. Presentation/Format - 10/10 The format was consistent throughout the book, I had no trouble understanding who was speaking. Theme/Originality - 8/10 I thought the theme was original, although the author states, "My mother is a huge science fiction fan. Many, many years ago, she read a story where the house cats were actually aliens who communicate with their mother-ship through mirrors." I reminded me a bit of Watership Down, due to the fact that the main character were intelligent animals. Description/Enhancement - 8/10 I feel the author use of descriptive language was appropriate for the intended age group. I think that cats might have been more distracted by the smells of cooking, & this never really came into play. Intrigue - 8/10 The book was interesting, (although the "invasion" was quite vague), it did keep me going till the end. Grammar/Mechanics - 10/10 I thought the grammar & mechanics were perfect. Kudos to the editors & proofreaders. Overall Impression - 9 of 10 I did enjoy the book & will recommend it to one of the library media specialist at a middle school where I work periodically.I'm an animal lover & have had cats, dogs, gerbils, & parakeets. The author was able to get a lot of the personality of the cats to shine through. The Bestowing of the Blossoms 'Why Kimba Saved the World' was the cat's meow for reviewer Bud earning 88 of 00 points giving it a strong 5 blossom rating. That's an exceptional thing to say about a book that, because it wasn't actually written for the 'older' set so to say, kept the attention of the reviewer well enough he not only has said he'll recommend it to others & that he was able to see the personalities of the cats shine through. We are so pleased that Meg asked The MBR to review her book, Why Kimba Saved the World & hope that you, Kind Reader, will check it out for yourself - especially if you know of a child who might enjoy it. What's more - perhaps you could get a copy & donate it to your local school's library! Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to not only spread the love for reading to our youth but also to shine a bright light on a terrific writer for an age group that is in sore need of some quality, high interest books!
Kimba the cat and her sister, Hiro, were kittens and near death when their soon-to-be-owners found them on the street. The owners brought them to their house and nursed them back to health. Now fully grown, Kimba has a great life with her owners. She has everything she needs: food, toys, and a loving family. She thinks she has it all, but there is a nagging feeling that she should be free! When a weird cat from outer space named Regalus contacts Kimba through the bathroom mirror, Kimba is given a mission – to spy on her owners! Kimba accepts and doesn’t think much of it. Soon Kimba learns her true identity and the plot of the cats she agreed to help. The cats from another planet plan to take over Earth via FACEBOOK!!! This was a fun book. The story was simple and straightforward, but a good read. It also proves my greatest fear – cats are EVIL – just kidding cats are cute (well, not mountain lions. Those are scary. *shiver*). :) The story is written very well and is appropriate for all ages. Ms. Dendler does a great job of getting the reader into the cat’s minds. The book has a great plot idea, but no twists or subplots so it was a bit predictable in places. Kimba was a good main character. She was a curious cat, but, fortunately, it didn’t kill her. ;) There are some black and white photos, but only of Kimba, Hiro, and Daddy (the male owner) and another cat in the book. I would’ve liked to have seen Regalus the space cat though. I don’t think you have to be a cat lover to enjoy this story. It is a fun read that anyone can get into. Just remember – don’t let your cat get on Facebook – bad things happen… *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
What cats are really up to! “Why Kimba Saved the World” by Meg Dendler tells the story of two kittens, rescued by humans, and their quest to find out what they are really destined to do. Kimba and Hiro are sisters who were found by a couple just in time before starving to death. Without any doubt, they were loved by the humans. Yet Kimba knew there was more to her life than she knew. It would take a quick glance in the mirror to further peak her curiosity about what her purpose in life was. The cats in the mirror watch and recruit other cats in effort to track their movements and prepare for their invasion. After the cats in the mirror recruit Kimba, they send her on her way to find out what it was the humans did all day. After several missions, Kimba is faced with questions of loyalty. Should Kimba set up the humans for the cat invasion or would she be true to the ones who saved her and kept her and Hiro warm. For sure those humans loved her. Kimba was now stuck choosing whether to complete her mission or forget it all. In this charming tale, it is a cats perspective of life and loyalty. Peaking into the thoughts of why cats do what they do. Some of the things that Kimba was instructed to do for her missions made me giggle and look at my own kitty and imagine that yes, this indeed could make sense. Not to spoil the story, I believe this sweet story will teach a lesson of love and being appreciative for what one has and also to not be so concerned about the unknown. For growing up is inevitable, in due time you will learn what you need to know. Mom and Dad are put here to keep the young ones safe. “Why Kimba Saved the World” by Meg Dendler will dig into your child’s curiosity and allow their imagination run wild inside the mind of a kitty. This concept that is neat and surely will touch your heart.
Secret missions, world takeovers – who knew being a kitten could be so difficult? From the moment they are found, Kimba and her sister, Hiro, are adored. Discovered before they could even see, Mama and Daddy have cared for them, loved them and made them a part of their family. As they grow, and venture about, they begin to study the world around them. But that is inside the house. Through the window, Kimba sees a whole other world she wants to discover. A world of independence. Unbeknownst to them, from the moment of their birth, the kittens were being watched – chosen, as they were, for a special mission. Watched not by their humans, the other house-cats, or even the smelly dog, but by those in a mirror. It will be one year later when they make their presence known and a conspiracy for a takeover is presented. Kimba’s loyalties between her kind and her family would be tested, and the freedom she has always wanted will be at hand – if only she will complete her mission. Meg Dendler’s debut novel, Why Kimba Saved the World, her first in the Cats in the Mirror series, is a charming fantasy book appropriate for middle grade youth, cat lovers, or any animal lover in general. A chapter book, perfect for school rooms and personal libraries, comes complete with added photos to personalize the experience.
For cat lovers everywhere, you must read this book! This is a very cute story of how Kimba an Hiro had to decide with whom their loyalties should lie and with whom were they to trust. This decision could change the world. Kimba & Hiro were found in an alley nearly dead. Their eyes were not even open yet. They were taken to a warm place and given nourishment to sustain them. This story continues into the care they were given that helped them survive. The dialogue is primarily from Kimba's point of view but the other's in the book also occasionally have their thoughts and views interspersed with Kimba's. Kimba and Hiro were eventually accosted by an important individual from their past, with an important request, for a very important mission. The author has added a few actual photos to aid in the enhancement of her story...makes it more realistic . This is a delightful fantasy. Key points are: family life, compassion, love, rebellion, and choices. This was a complimentary copy given for an honest review of which I have given.
~Author exchange for review~ Very cute story. I always have felt that cats have more going on in their heads then they let on. It's that 'look' they give you. I enjoyed it and it was a quick and easy read. We all hope our pets would save us, if they had a choice! That's why we spoil them so much. I will be reading this to my grand children.
Anyone who has been allowed to share their life with a cat can completely relate to this story: engrossing and simple to read, the point of view from Kimba is not only well defined, but completely realistic. Although there are moments when it seems to meander, from a cat’s perspective those forays into the investigations and interesting things to be seen fits with every cat’s day. Interspersed with photos of Kimba and her sister Hiro, and the other housemates, the pictures break up what could be an overwhelming read to a new chapter book reader: even though the chapters are quick and short, the sheer number of pages make this a “big” book for a 7 or 8 year old, even though most will love it. The whole “cats are from elsewhere” theory and the mirror chats are not at all surprising, and may provide a few moments of understanding when your cat is racing about the house chasing nothing…that you can see. This was clever and fun – and a good story: easy to follow along, but not so complex that it cannot be read over more than a few bedtime story hours. The author has a breezy and chatty style that clearly illustrates the scene and provides ample information for imagining the setting and how things look. Additionally, the story is well edited, uses simple phrases and explanations that will challenge but not overwhelm young readers. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review and inclusion for the Children Read week at I am Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions were my own responsibility.
Cats have a soft spot in my heart, and so does Why Kimba Saved the World, a book about cats. Well, not regular cats—though, they are amazing—but cats who have a collective secret mission. Kimba, an all-white cat with a rebellious streak, is enlisted into an agency of cats who can communicate through mirrors. They tell her of her real heritage, one where humans aren’t the loving caretakers of cats. This book captures cats with amazing accuracy, and the interactions between the cats and their owners are realistic. Who doesn’t grab their cats and hug and kiss them like their own children? (I know I do.) It’s an easy read, and it’s suitable for the whole family. Children will love Kimba’s desperate need to accomplish ridiculous missions outside and inside her home. Parents can relate to Kimba’s owners. Cats may find themselves in Kimba or Hiro or…er, that’s right. Cats can’t read! Why Kimba Saved the World will make any reader believe that cats aren’t from this world.