Guest Blogger: Michelle, Grade 9
Genre: Realistic fiction
Setting (Place): Roxville Station, a New York train station
What would you rate this book: ***
Why did you rate it this? The form of interaction in this story is why I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. The characters aren’t given human attributes. When Ratchet and the other cats “talk” it is only with scent and body language. You only read about their actions in this book and it is often with only little insight.
Short Summary: Ratchet is a young, orange tabby who has been abused all her life. One night, her cruel owner decided to throw her off a bridge near the Roxville Train Station. Determined, Ratchet survives and begins to adapt to her new surroundings. There is also Mike, a foster boy who is not allowed to have a pet. After seeing the self-sufficient cat for the first time, he decides to get closer to her. As Mike attempts to, Rachet endures the dangers of predators, fumigation, and especially the many other feral cats of the station.
Audience: This book is intended to be just a nice little simple read. It also includes plenty of information about not just cats (obviously) but also a lot about nature and other animals, like foxes and barn owls. However, some parts of the story take prior knowledge to fully understand. Only those who have a cat and know their behaviors well will truly enjoy this story.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten