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 Stick Cat : a tail of two kitties (Stick Cat)
 Author: Watson, Tom

 Publisher:  Harper (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 199 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 923440 ISBN: 9780062411006
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Cats -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $19.78

[Stick Cat #1] It's a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. But danger lurks just around the corner. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley and around Edith's peculiar ways to attempt a rescue.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 182278
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 68919

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/16)
   School Library Journal (11/01/15)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2015 Gr 3–6—This volume opens with the narrator addressing readers, begging for understanding about his mediocre drawing skills; he then describes an encounter with an "interesting" female classmate that inspired him to try a story about cats instead of writing another episode in the life of Stick Dog. A city dweller, Stick Cat lives in an apartment on the 23rd floor, and while his human roommate is at work, he spends his time with Edith, the next-door neighbor's cat. One day, as they are sitting in the window and enjoying the music coming from the piano factory across the alley, they notice that the musician has become trapped in the piano. Stick Cat realizes that they are the only ones that are aware of the man's predicament, and the two feline friends embark on a daring quest to save him. Like his canine counterpart, Stick Cat is clever and resourceful, but he must be very careful not to hurt the feelings of sensitive Edith when she shares her more harebrained ideas. Peppered with funny cartoonlike illustrations, this amusing and exciting story will have readers turning pages quickly to discover how the rescue attempt will end for these two brave and endearing cats. VERDICT Fans of Watson's "Stick Dog" series (Harper) and Nick Bruel's "Bad Kitty" chapter books (Macmillan) will especially enjoy this comical adventure; it will also appeal broadly to lovers of zany humor.—Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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