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THE CATS OF ROXVILLE STATION by Jean Craighead George

THE CATS OF ROXVILLE STATION

By Jean Craighead George (Author) , Tom Pohrt (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-42140-5
Publisher: Dutton

A cruel woman and her abusive children once owned Ratchet, a young, orange, female tabby. Once the children have gone off to school, the woman tosses Ratchet off a bridge near the Roxville Train Station. Ratchet survives and quickly integrates herself into the feral-cat community and the larger natural community in the area. Thirteen-year-old Mike would love to have a cat, but his foster mother, Mrs. Dibber, hates animals. From his first sighting of Ratchet, Mike knows they are meant to be special friends. As Mike slowly ingratiates himself with Ratchet, she survives a fox attack, fumigation, her first litter and developers who need the cats out of the way so they can improve the train station. Newbery winner and naturalist George packs a lot of natural information on species from mosquitoes to owls in this slim volume. There is no anthropomorphization of the cats; when Ratchet and the other cats “talk” it is with scent and body language. Pohrt’s line drawings complement the text nicely. Cat lovers and George’s fans will be happy she is back. (Fiction. 8-12)