Book Review/Giveaway: The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook. Ends June 7th
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin
About the book
In this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat, Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet’s office, Oona tells the stories of his previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of Zook’s lives have echoes in Oona’s own family life, which is going through a transition she’s not yet ready to face. Her father died two years ago, and her mother has started a relationship with a man named Dylan—whom Oona secretly calls “the villain.” The truth about Dylan, and about Zook’s medical condition, drives the drama in this loving family story. http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/The_Five_Lives_of_Our_Cat_Zook-9781419705250.html
Age Range: 8 and up
Paperback: 240 pages
My Review: If you are a cat lover you would want to read Five Lives of Our Cat Zook. This touching story tell about a 10 years old girl who watched her father die of cancer and is still grieving for him, her beloved cat is now sick and the only thing she can do is tell stories to Fred to keep him happy.
Oona and her brother Fred found Zook the cat in an alley while they were eating lunch from O’Leary’s. They took the cat home and their mother agreed that they can keep him. Zook left ill and they took him to the Good Samaritan Veterinary Clinic and was told that Zook’s kidneys are failing. Oona notice that her brother was very sad, so to make him happy she told him that cats have nine lives inside them. They have the ability to come back to life. But we know cats don’t actually have nine lives. So Oona went on to stretch the truth and tells Fred stories about their cat Zook’s previous four lives. This book will be emotional for cat lovers. A well written story by the author.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
About the author
Joanne Rocklin is the critically acclaimed author of several books, including One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street, which School Library Journal called, in a starred review, “fascinating and thought-provoking. . . . Sweet and tart and sure to satisfy.” She lives in Oakland, California.
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