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Cross, Gillian: Shadow Cat.

Cross, Gillian

Shadow Cat

Oxford, 2015, pp304, 6.99[pounds sterling]

978 0 19 273673 4

Gillian Cross uses a winning classic formula--an animal under threat, children with big problems in their lives, and inept and/or bad adults. The animal is a serval which has been used in a rock concert and then set free by Feather, the adopted daughter of Midir, the leader singer of the band, The Gentry. The other child is Nolan whose life is thrown into total confusion when his mentally ill, feckless, green-haired mother, Ro, suddenly whisks him into a life on the road, as she follows The Gentry from the rock concert to Midir's castle home in Scotland. The real villain of the piece is Vix, the manager of The Gentry, who acts like Cruella De Vil's sister in her lust to own the serval, but Ro and Midir come close to her villainy in their thoughtless and selfish behaviour towards the children. Out of this set-up, Gillian Cross has fashioned a good old fashioned story of threat and danger and breathless chase, with the reader totally caught up with, and rooting for, the put-upon children and their desire to protect the serval. A thrilling story that's hard to put down.

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Author:Hinton, Nigel
Publication:School Librarian
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jun 22, 2015
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