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by Kathi Appelt, David Small
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The Book High
The Book High rated it 6 years ago
Some Favorite Quotes:Cats are famous for purring. And this is what the calico cat did as she curled up next to Ranger's massive chest, safe and soft. Until he heard it, Ranger had not realized how much he needed this sweet, friendly sound. How much he needed someone to settle in next to him. He ...
Kwoomac
Kwoomac rated it 6 years ago
This book had me crying on page one. It's a dark story about an abused dog, an abandoned cat, and her kittens who come together to try to forge a life under the porch of a creepy, damaged man who enjoys killing things. It's powerful and disturbing and there's an awful lot of death for a children's n...
debnance
debnance rated it 9 years ago
A hound dog worn down by life with a mean owner is befriended by a pregnant cat who has been discarded by her owner and everything changes for them both. This book has a mythical East Texas feel with a rattlesnake mother bent on revenge and an enormous alligator and a scarred man full of hate and th...
Christina Katerina
Christina Katerina rated it 10 years ago
I found this book very evocative and intriguing. Appelt is a beautiful writer--thought I thought her prose could have benefited from being tightened a bit. With such powerful characters and setting, it could have been more impactful if it rambled less. And, while I don't usually worry about this,...
Melody Murray's Books
Melody Murray's Books rated it 10 years ago
I found Appelt's comma-infused writing repetitive and very distracting. The writing, it was so full, round, globular, and it distracted. Distracted, it did. Yes. Very distracted, I was.Aside from that (which actually had me cursing aloud at more than one spot) I found the story to be very Newbery-li...
The Librariest
The Librariest rated it 10 years ago
Also posted on my blog.Breathtaking is a word that is often used to express praise, but how often is it literally used? I will take an oath in a court of law, that there were actually times while reading this book that I forgot to breath. There are some moments in this book that are so frightening...
afterwhat
afterwhat rated it 10 years ago
There's not much to say about this book that hasn't been said better than I'd say it. It's beautifully written, flows gorgeously, almost like it's a free verse poem. It's tragic and beautiful, dark and cold, and full of heat and bright, fierce love.
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