The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall

Book - 2014
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A cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house on the West Bank that has just been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty, until the cat realizes that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards.

Should she help him?

After all, she's just a cat.

Or is she?

It turns out that this particular cat is not used to thinking about anyone but herself. She was once a regular North American girl who only had to deal with normal middle-school problems -- staying under the teachers' radar, bullying her sister and the uncool kids at school, outsmarting her clueless parents.

But that was before she died and came back to life as a cat, in a place with a whole different set of rules for survival.

When the little boy is discovered, the soldiers don't know what to do with him. Where are the child's parents? Why has he been left alone in the house? It is not long before his teacher and classmates come looking for him, and the house is suddenly surrounded by Palestinian villagers throwing rocks, and the sound of Israeli tanks approaching.

Not my business, thinks the cat. And then she sees a photograph, and suddenly she understands what happened to the boy's parents, and why they have not returned. And as the soldiers begin to panic, and disaster seems certain, she knows that it is up to her to diffuse the situation.

But what can a cat do? What can any one creature do?

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781554984916
9781554987078
Characteristics: 152 pages ;,20 cm.

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MillieBT
May 26, 2018

Interesting story about a girl who dies and is reincarnated as a cat and finds herself in
Bethlehem...Y/A

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Suzanne_A
Oct 02, 2016

Such an interesting book just like the Breadwinner. Ms. Ellis teaches everyone a valuable lesson to be remembered.

vpl_childrens Jul 29, 2016

Clare is no ordinary cat. She used to be an American teenager who is reincarnated as a stray cat and living in the midst of a troubled Palestinian city. She sneaks into a house seized by Israeli soldiers and realizes that a frightened young boy has been hiding in the house beneath the floorboards. Will Clare take the risk of helping this boy or slink away to save her own life?

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nephe
Jul 20, 2016

nephe thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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