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Said, S. F.
New York : David Fickling Books, 2003.
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
ISBN 0385750307
Varjak Paw was a Mesopotamian Blue kitten, and came from a noble line.  He lived with his family in the Contessa's house high up on a hill,  and never ventured forth from his secure and comfortable home.  But something set him apart from he rest of the clan; instead of the customary green eyes of his breed, Varjak's eyes were of a golden hue, said to be the same color as that of his fabled ancestor, Jalal.  Varjak's grandfather, Elder Paw, was charged with passing on the Seven Ways of Jalal to his grandson, but he only knew three of them: Slow-Time, Moving Circles and Shadow-Walking.  When cats from his own family, as well as countless others, were threatened by evil forces, Varjak Paw had to rely on his dreams, in which he visited his famous ancestor to learn the other fighting and survival tactics necessary to fight off feral cats, dogs and even the evil human master of the house.  A taut, suspenseful adventure story, quite unique in style ... pen and ink drawings throughout advent the sinister plot line.  Use of color to differentiate dream sequences very well done.  Short chapters and spacious formatting should hood reluctant readers.   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee, 2004-05)
SUBJECTS:     Cats -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Snobs and snobbishness -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.


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