A few weeks ago, we ran a post on dog stories. There are a lot of them, it turns out. Cats, on the other hand, had us scratching our heads (although not with our hind legs). Cats just don’t run around in as many stories as dogs, and when they do, the stories tend towards fantasy, instead of realism. With a little work, though, we did find these four cat novels for teens.
Cat Girl’s Day Off, by Kimberley Pauley
Natalie Ng has always kept secret her talent for talking with cats, but when she learns – from a cat – that a celebrity has been replaced by an imposter, she and her friends investigate, becoming movie extras to get the scoop.
The Last Free Cat, by Jon Blake
In a future world where only the wealthy can afford to own cats, and only felines bred by the Viafara corporation are legal, Jade finds a beautiful stray cat and risks everything to keep it, aided by her friend Kris.
A Mango-shaped Space, by Wendy Mass
Afraid that she is crazy, Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the death of her beloved cat, Mango. This is the only non-magical cat book we could find.
Sabriel, by Garth Nix
Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life’and comes face to face with her own hidden destiny. . .