New York : Random House, 2006
Beka Cooper is a Puppy, a trainee,
in the Provost’s Guard. But, she is different from the other trainee’s.
For one thing, she has a purple-eyed talking cat, Pounce, with an attitude.
For another, she is shy, so shy it is hard for her to talk at all to strangers.
And, of course, there is her magical listening talent.
In the imaginary medieval-ish kingdom of Tortall, 16-year old Beka Cooper has just signed on to become a “Puppy” (a rookie cop) in the Provost’s Guard, the peacekeeping officers who are commonly referred to as Dogs. Beka asks for duty in the Lower City, which is a tough beat: gangs, thieves: you name it. It’s also where she grew up.
Beka doesn’t take any guff from anyone, and she speaks the lingo of the Lower City. She also has another gift; she can hear the restless spirits of the dead who inhabit pigeons.
Now someone is killing workers and children, and Beka aims to find out who.
She has the help of various friends, plus her purple-eyed cat, Pounce, who is more than he seems. Beka is a vengeful Puppy who becomes known as a Terrier among the Dogs for her determination in bringing wrong-doers to justice.
(Booktalk by Cindy Claypool, King County Library System for the Evergreen YA Book Award, 2009)
Police -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.