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Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  252 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
When the Library of Alexandria was reduced to ashes by men who feared the power of words and ideas, Akeel, the Master Librarian risked his life to save a handful of rare mystical books. To protect them from falling into the hands of those who would destroy or misuse them, Akeel appointed the library cats, the very ones who followed him out of the burning building, to guard ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 18th 2011 by Reflected Light Books (first published May 26th 2011)
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Karen B.
Jun 14, 2011 Karen B. rated it it was amazing
After reading the "teaser" the author posted online I was hooked. This book had a combination of some of my favorite elements.
cats (who can read) Alexandria, libraries, the importance of reading and thinking; good vs. evil, magical powers

Guardian Cats: The Lost Books of Alexandria was a fun read, which I knew I would like from the first few pages. This book has echoes of the Harry Potter books and the Michael Scott's Nicholas Flammel series; two sets of books I have in Hardback and don't plan o
Jan 04, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
This was a very fun and imaginative book. If you are a cat lover, this book is for you. It follows the story of Marco, a domestic cat, who becomes homeless. He comes across tough alley cats, ruthless racoons, befriends a ferret and finds his way to a library where he meets Cicero and a society of cats who read. Who knew cats could read. Cicero takes on Marco as his trainee to become the new protector of a special book. Of course, there is someone after the book and Marco is not fully trained whe ...more
Jemima Pett
Mar 22, 2012 Jemima Pett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marco is a cat. And one day Marco discovers he can read. After a devastating change to his home circumstances he leaves, finding his way to the Angel Springs library and meeting Cicero and the rest of the Dead Cats Society. The world Cicero introduces him to leads him to his destiny, but not until after he experiences ancient history through the wonder of time portals and learns enough magic to fight off an evil villain.

There are stories within stories in this book, and I got a wee bit confused
Jan 12, 2012 Roberta rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully creative story! Written for children but equally interesting to adults, it's got an exciting plot, based on the hero's journey of classics like Lord of the Rings and Homer's Odyssey. The main characters are cats who can read; the main setting is that of the ancient Library at Alexandria. The author's website at offers videos of Alexandria and its library (narrated by Carl Sagan), information on this independently published author, and ideas to aid emerging ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Fatima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!!! Have the Kindle book. Looking forward to buying the paper back, to show my Grandchildren!
Wonderful Book!I am still reading it. Transports me into a different world. Helps me to focus on the Now.Never realised the authenticity of a Cat's world.Wish for more by this Author!!!

Finished reading this book,more than a month ago.Had the ebook.Bought the paper back for my grand daughter aged 8. She finished reading it and gave it five stars!
Her Review:- Guadian cats, is a good book, because it is knowledgable and mythical, adventerous and AWESOME!!!
I wanted so badly to like this book. The summary itself sounded great, definitely a book I would regularly enjoy. Talking cats who love to read and have dedicated themselves to protecting books? Great! The five-star reviews surely got my hopes up as well. Saw a one-star with the simple review of "ugh.." I understand now.
The story wasn't all bad, don't get me wrong. The theme, or message, of the book is good: reading is fun, reading is an adventure, books should be treasured and protected. That's
Jul 31, 2011 Phyllis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read
Marco, a young cat, loved to listen to his young human, Lily, read books aloud. When Lily’s grandmother gets ill suddenly and is taken to the hospital, young Marco goes out an open door into the outside world looking for food. He finds himself in a strange place which is not the safe, caring atmosphere he knows. In a search for safety and food, Marco enters the town library; there, he finds that he can read himself. He also meets Cicero who becomes his mentor. Cicero is a guardian cat – guarding ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Aug 04, 2012 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it really liked it
Guardian Cats and the Lost Book of Alexandria
By Rahma Krambo
272 pages – ages 9+
Published by Reflected Light Books on July 15, 2011

Marco the cat’s owner Lucy read books out loud to him all the time. One night Marco walked by a book that was lying open and he realized he could read the words! Through some unfortunate events, Marco finds himself living on the streets as a stray. Marco found shelter in a library and when he was exploring it he met Cicero, the library cat. Cicero told Marco that he i
Frederick Fuller
Feb 29, 2012 Frederick Fuller rated it it was amazing
When Marco discovered he could read, his troubles began. Before his discovery, he was a happy cat who curled beside his friend Lucy in the library and enjoyed hearing her read to him. Her voice delighted him and caused him to love her stories.

In Guardian Cats & the Lost Books of Alexandria, Rahma Krambo introduces her readers to a cast of cats that drags them into an amazing story that is part fable, part magic, part history, and all-absorbing.

As Marco becomes entranced by the stories he rea
Dec 21, 2011 AngryMab rated it it was amazing
I got this book for free on my iphone using ibooks. I really just wanted something to read while I was bored at work or just to have at the palm of my hand. I wasn't expecting much from this book however I must say, I really really enjoyed this read. It's short and to the point. I didn't find it drug and I enjoyed the story from the perception of a cat. I felt myself becoming the cat in the story. I thought it was the pefect mix of fantasy, magic, and feline fantasticness. I don't like to talk m ...more
Aug 29, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats
A good fantasy blend for book lovers and cat lovers alike. I liked the themes and characters, but some of the plot points just seemed to drift off in the last quarter of the book and were left unresolved. Some things were left to readers' assumption, and I would have preferred to have things wrapped up a little neater at the end. But overall, I liked it, and if further books about the other rescued books and guardian cats are forthcoming, I'll give them a try.
Danielle Louise
Jul 02, 2011 Danielle Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers, people who enjoy young adult fantasy
This was a quick, enjoyable read. Way less cutesy/juvenile than I had been expecting. There were some sections where I felt like the writing could have used a good polishing from a professional editor, but they didn't take away from the story. Overall, the story is pretty solid and one I would recommend to others.
I know I shouldn't keep adding to my to-read shelf like this... but I can't resist a book from a cat's POV about historical events! Which reminds me, another book along that theme, for those who, like me, are delighted by such things, is Per-Bast, a kitteh tale set in Ramesside Egypt.
Feb 01, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
Good story, mildly spooky. Special cats are the guardians for ancient powerful books from the library of Alexandria. The books are now scattered to make them harder to find. An evil professor wants them to use their power to build a tyrannical society.
roxanne wing
Mar 12, 2015 roxanne wing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
awesome book

A must read excellent lessons tobe learned. Great for teens and adults be also prepared to cry , sadly death
Oct 09, 2011 Merry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who love cats and books, this is an endearing story with some characters and ideals that will stay with you after it ends.
Aug 24, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
i hate books told from animal perspective but read this thru to the end because the storyline had some interesting twists
Oct 21, 2015 Betsy marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, cats
Maybe it's because this was written for a YA (MG?) audience, but I just couldn't get into this book.
Becky Arundale
Dec 03, 2011 Becky Arundale rated it liked it
Shelves: own-as-ebook
Fun escapist fantasy fiction about the secret lives of cats.
Mar 23, 2013 Elaine rated it liked it
Light reading, odd mix of fantasy and history.
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I'm passionate about books, writing, libraries and cats, all central to my first novel, GUARDIAN CATS.

My hope is that my writing will be both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Author of GUARDIAN CATS AND THE LOST BOOKS OF ALEXANDRIA. A blend of magical realism and legendary historical events, Guardian Cats is a book about power, seen through the eyes of cats.
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“Marco could not have known about the mystical effect of a full moon on cats and books left on their own in the library. Not until he saw the lines breathe, the words unveiled.” 10 likes
“Empty space eventually fills up with something. A void, cultivated in the aftermath of misfortune, begins to attract the wrong kind of attention. Marco knew it was time to leave when disagreeable spirits started roaming freely through the house, as if they owned the place.” 6 likes
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