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The Tribe

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  30 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The tribe has been alone on the farm for many seasons, struggling to survive by their wits and will, unaided by the humans who abandoned them there years ago. Few members of the tribe outside of Tia, the eldest, and her fiercely loyal companion Bella, remember a time when two-legs--the cats' name for humans--lived in the farmhouse. Suddenly, the tribe's territory is invade ...more
Nook, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by McCarty Griffin, via Smashwords
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Aug 08, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
This book really landed in the right lap. As you loyal followers know, I am a huge animal person. About the only animal I’m not really all that into are cats. This book is mainly about kitties. The message in the book though, is for every responsible pet owner. It’s aimed at the young adult demographic but I found it to be a rather enjoyable read at my ripe old age. This book is wonderfully written and the characters (the animals) really jump off the page at you. It’s a delightful and responsibl ...more
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Jul 30 2011:

This one, I loved. Of course, I might be biased, I’m a big time cat-lover :)

This is a quick read and a joy, a real page turner. Very original, and most entertaining, it gives voice to those that are often the silent part of the tale, in this case, cats. I loved their tribe-chemistry and their diverse and charming personalities. Their clever, witty and banter-y sort of way of managing whatever happens strikes me as a really good take on
Andrea Guy
Oct 28, 2011 Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of the Warriors books by Erin Hunter, so when I was offered a chance to read The Tribe, I thought I might be getting something similar. That's partly true, but this book is much different, although it does tell the story of a feral cat colony.

The cats in The Tribe aren't fighters and though there is a hierarchy to the farm colony, they are more of a family. The elder cats in this story are Tia and Bella. They are a spunky pair of kitties that you come to love. Then there is Daca, a ca
Mar 10, 2012 Lainy rated it liked it
Time taken to read - 4 hours

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The tribe has been alone on the farm for many seasons, struggling to survive by their wits and will, unaided by the humans who abandoned them there years ago. Few members of the tribe outside of Tia, the eldest, and her fiercely loyal companion Bella, remember a time when two-legs--the cats' name for humans--lived in the farmhouse. Suddenly, the tribe's territory is invaded by a young two-legs couple, and the frightened cats ask themselves why have
Jamie Kline
Jun 15, 2011 Jamie Kline rated it liked it
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Obviously by reading the synopsis you can tell this book is pretty unique, since over half of the story is told from the cats' point of view. I wasn't sure what to expect going into it but I wanted to give it a try since it's such a different concept. The story revolves around a "tribe" of feral cats living out in the country. The people that used to live at the house are long gone so they don't have to worry about any interference or cruelty from the "two-legs". The eldest of the tribe is Tia a ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
The Tribe was unlike anything I have read and was a fun read. When the story opened and I realized that the initial conversation was taking place between cats, I was intrigued. Well over half of the story is told from the point of view of the cats. Abandoned years ago on a rural farm, the tribe of cats has survived by their wits, with no "two-legs" help. Over the years, the tribe has grown out of control and few of the cats remember "two-legs" as being anything but cruel. So when a young couple ...more
Jun 09, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal owners, especially cat lovers
Recommended to Jackie by: The author McCarty Griffin
For a pet/cat lover this is a highly emotional and totally heartwarming story! I totally went awwww way too many times when the cat characters were relating to each other... By the time I finished the book my respect for true animal lovers and their humane efforts to rescue and turn the lives of feral cats around had increased immensely... A must read for every cat owner who is the proud custodian and provider for their rescued four-legged Kids !

When the author first approached me to read for
Aug 01, 2011 Sonny rated it really liked it
The Tribe is an adorable sneak peek into the minds of a cat colony.

The tribe has lived at this old farm for many cat generations mostly undisturbed by human inhabitance. After the farm is sold to a young couple, the cat’s lives are seemingly turned upside down as these “two-legged” dealings begin to unravel. Tia and Bella, the tribe’s elders, keep a close eye on these new invaders to keep the tribe safe. Having only known human’s to be “evil and terrible” creatures, they are surprised when they
Jul 22, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
A tribe of cats has been living alone on an old farm for many years. The tribe is led by two cats Tia and Bella. There is only one cat in the tribe that has any positive memories of humans and that cats name is Daca. So you can imagine when two legs( humans) start coming to the farm the tribe believes no good can come of it. When the humans move to the farm things start looking up, the female human starts putting out food and water in the hopes of gaining the cats trust so that she can eventuall ...more
Lydia M
Jun 16, 2011 Lydia M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tribe by McCarty Griffin was a cute read about a tribe of cats and a family’s efforts to help them. When I first started to read this book I thought it would be similar to the Warrior series by Erin Hunter, but it wasn’t. It was more a heartwarming tale of how a group of poor stray cats learned to accept and even appreciate help from a young woman, her husband, and her parents than about cat warriors’ quest to survive on their own.

I enjoyed the characters the most. Both the feline and human
Jun 14, 2011 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbb-review
This story reminded me of Animal Farm by George Orwell, only it solely revolved around the lives of some feral cats. Although it was a quick read, it was indeed a one satisfactory quick read. The book was a page-turner and I found myself smiling at every cute rant, muse and bickering of the cats. It was as if the cats were all around me, speaking to each other, totally oblivious that I was there watching them in utter amusement. I literally felt related to Susan. Being a cat lover myself, I coul ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Nov 08, 2011 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is a very cute heartwarming story that would be perfect for cat lovers. I am not a cat lover, but I still found the story enjoyable. Told in alternating viewpoints from the cats and the two-legs, it was an interesting look at what humans are like from a cat perspective.

I was pleasantly surprised at how natural the cat's stories were, and how distinct each cat's personality was. I definitely favoured Daca, but maybe only because she knew how to live it up.

This is a clean read that is perfect
Lynn Demsky
Feb 07, 2012 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
This was not what I expected at all,very well written, great plot and you need NOT be a cat person to enjoy it! Adored how the wild cats called people two legs and interacted with them. Great being told by the cats! I really enjoyed how the cats reacted, inter-acted and survived! Most enjoyable read!
Keryl Raist
Sep 03, 2011 Keryl Raist rated it really liked it
Wonderfully sweet story. For the full review visit:
James Gray
Feb 20, 2012 James Gray rated it it was amazing
If you are a cat person you will really enjoy this book.
Feb 07, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read, especially to a cat lover.
Aug 14, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
I liked it.
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McCarty Griffin lives in the Pacific Northwest, at the foot of the Cascades, with her husband, two children and several nonhuman family members. She is a transplanted hillbilly, born in Texas, but raised in the hollows and hills of West Virginia, where most of her works are set. She does not limit her creative efforts to any particular genre, although she does have a special love for horror, which ...more
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