The Highway Cats
Here’s one that no one’s mentioned yet. Two mangy cats lay a bet on some kittens left in the median of a busy highway: which one will avoid becoming roadkill? Miraculously, they all make it. The kittens continue to work some miracles on the strays, including instantly-likeable tough-guy Shredder and the frightening Khalia Koo–a Siamese so disfigured from a fire she takes to wearing yogurt containers over her head. This vision epitomizes the tone of the book: it’s scary, but tempered with the hilarious. It moves at a very brisk pace with lots of action, and the good guys win. Yet there’s an unusual level of genuine tenderness and pathos for such a plot-oriented story, bearing very interesting comparison to The Underneath. What do you think?
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About Nina Lindsay
Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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