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4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  672 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Emma's sister has run off with the faeries. Her parents have spent all their money looking for her and now the family is living on the edge of an enchanted slum-forest nearby. But then along comes a smooth-talking cat called Jack - with a plan for how Emma can reunite her family.
Paperback, 229 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Chicken House (first published 2012)
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Anna Kļaviņa
When I borrowed this book from a library looking for an easy & quick read I didn't expect that I will be hooked. What a pleasant surprise!

Set in a world that is very familiar to ours, (think of Alternative Universe) with one major difference magic and magical creatures (and magical persons) are real and live with humans. Emma's world is a bit too much similar with ours and that the main reason why I can't give 5 stars. I will explain why. In a world where magical creatures are real and l
Oct 24, 2015 Ajay rated it really liked it
I think this book was very intriguing and I only rated this book 4 stars is because I didn't like when Emma figured out fairies were disgusting little creatures
Shanshad Whelan
Aug 03, 2012 Shanshad Whelan rated it really liked it
This is one of those surprising books that didn't go quite as I expected. Most middle grade fantasy fic I'm familiar with tends to take place in a purely fantasy world (often with castles and pseudo medieval settings) for instance The Star Shard or it takes place in a modern world where fantasy is unexpected but shows up like: Cold Cereal. But rarely have I seen this contemporary urban fantasy setting that is fairly common in adult fiction in stories for kids.

Emma and her parents have just moved
Alley Kat
Oct 21, 2012 Alley Kat rated it it was amazing
In order to find her missing sister, Emma must trust Jack, a one eyed, magic-less cat and become leader of the forest cats. On top of this she must deal with her newly judgmental friend and school bullies.

I've been wanting to read this book for months. My library didn't have it so I just bought it on my nook. Then I could never find time to read it. Finally, I had an excuse. So today, I sat down, powered up my nook, and I read this book. Now this was a very good book. It was beautifully written,
Aug 25, 2015 Max rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the action, and the world a lot. I thought it was cool that people new about the enchanted creatures. I did miss the humor and romance in this book. I feel like it was lacking those two things a lot. I did enjoy Emma's character and how she thought. Definitely a good quick paced fantasy read.
Jan 02, 2012 Reving rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Truly. It is fantasy, but I didn't get lost. The characters were truly charming and I am totally going to marry Jack. I mean it. Hands off! He is my man! :) :) I can't wait for the next one!!!!!
Oct 04, 2013 Avry15 rated it it was amazing
I loved the cover of CLAW, it's simple, it's magical, it says everything of what the book is. I especially enjoyed the facts given in every chapter about cats, witches and other supernatural being from CragWiki.

I enjoyed the diverse cast. Emma is clever, likable, real, independent and fearless. Jack is funny, charming and a rogue. I enjoyed the talking animals; how they retain they're behaviors while being magical; the descriptions of each of them, which I found fascinating.

At first, you'll th
Jun 11, 2012 CuteBadger rated it liked it
In modern-day America where magical creatures of many kinds roam (some of them dangerous to humans)Emma's older sister Helena has gone missing. Their parents will do anything to find her, even move into a rundown trailer park next to where the crags (magical beings) hang out. The first sign that anything is different is the talking cat who already lives in their trailer. Before long Emma is up to her neck in magic and danger, determined to find her sister.

I'm far from being the target audience f
Oct 07, 2015 Kassidy rated it really liked it
How are you?
Oh, I'm good thanks!
Since I finished my book, I would rate it a **** out of 5 Claws book's. I rate it a 4 because at times this book gets a little boring but, sometimes you just have to keep reading and the book will slow start getting better.
That's my opinion on a book called Claws!
Dec 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: linnaea-s-faves, kids
It may be "the best book EVER" for a 9 year old, but not so much for her mom.
Jul 14, 2016 Alina rated it it was amazing
onea my favorite books
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Publisher: The Chicken House (September 1, 2012)
Length: Hardcover, 256 pages
Format: E-Arc
Genre: Contemporary, Fairytale, Fantasy, MG
Series: No, Stand Alone Novel
Completed: August 2012
Challenges: 2012 DAC, 2012 Ebook Challenge, 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge, 2012 Outdo Yourself Challenge


When Emma sister turns up missing, their family reloca
Interesting book with a lot of great world building.

Emma's human family has to move into a trailer alongside crags, a term used for any magical creature, because they have used much of their finances up in order to look for Emma's missing sister, Helena. Emma discovers Jack, a cat, living in their trailer.

Jack isn't just any cat. He used to be a magical cat like all other cats. He is trying to keep away from the rest of his pride, who are trying to kill him. He figures out a way for Emma to ge
May 17, 2017 KK rated it really liked it
I loved the magic and plot of this book!
Stephanie Grajales
Mar 28, 2016 Stephanie Grajales rated it it was amazing
It's about this girl named Emma who moves to her new home. She has an older sister who mysteriously disappears and she’s trying to find her. Along the way, she uses magic and her cats to find her sister. Her parents almost ignore her and she kind of feels that they don’t care about her at all. When she finally finds her sister from becoming a type of magical creature, she tells her that she was happy and she ruined her happiness.

This book I really liked and is the type of book that I would re
Sep 27, 2016 Jordan rated it it was amazing
It. Was. Amazing bruh.
I know this book was written for Middle School kids, or even kids younger than that, but even with that in mind, I still didn't care for this book.

I found it odd that right off the bat, we know about all these fictional creatures. The hag, the coatl, the pride, the trolls, the ratter, the faeries - I mean I just found it odd that people knew about them and were completely okay with it. I mean I think it would have been a bit more interesting if Emma found out about them secretly and had to hide
Mellanie C
Feb 20, 2017 Mellanie C marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
Emma's sister Helena has been missing for several months. Her father can't handle this and has had to close down his Vietnamese restaurant and move the family to a decrepit trailer out near the woods, which is where the crags live. Crags refer to any magical creatures like trolls, dwarves, hags, etc., and Emma's father thinks that by living nearer the creatures he stands a better chance at getting information about his daughter. Emma would like to help, and when a magical cat named Jack shows up ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Alexis rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-for-kids
Claws follows Emma Vu, a twelve-year-old girl whose sister Helena has been missing for months. Emma lives in a world not so different from ours, but in her world, there are creatures that live alongside humans in a tentative truce. These creatures are called Crags.
Crags are all the mythical creatures we associate with fantasy books. Selkies, Hags, Incan snake shifters, Nagas, and of course, cats.
Cats are the most magical of all creatures- they hold the magic to transform themselves into any othe
Azlurete Forest
Sep 05, 2015 Azlurete Forest rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my absolute FAVORITES. It combines some of my favorite topics, Magic, Cats, and well... more cats.

I found this book at my school library almost a year ago. I did have my doubts, but once I started reading, I couldn't put it down!

This book begins with Emma - who is the main character - in the car, with her parents driving to their trailer park. However, this is no ordinary trailer park, as it is on the border of a magical forest. Emma's family didn't really have a choice in th
Taylor L
Sep 27, 2016 Taylor L rated it it was amazing
By Mike Grinti
This story is about how Emma a middle school girl who is looking for he older sister Helena who has recently ran away Emma's parents sell there restaurant and move to a old trailer where crags live I don't want to spoil anything so its up to you to read the book and find out what crags are. But since they moved Emma's parents sacrificed so much just to look for Helena find her and bring her home but the new trailer they move to after losing the restaurant had lived a cat name
Dec 25, 2015 Belinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het boek is echt een aanrader. Leest heel makkelijk ondanks dat er een klein lettertype wordt gebruikt. De meeste kinder- /youngadult boeken gebruiken een groter lettertype maar dit leest zo goed weg dat het niet storend is. Karakters zijn duidelijk, ook de wonderlijke wereld wordt goed beschreven zodat je helemaal op kan gaan in die andere mogelijke wereld. De spanning is nooit weg. Je wilt graag dat Helena gevonden wordt. Je gaat mee met Emma op zoek naar haar zus. Want door de verdwijning van ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Months after 12-year-old Emma Vu’s older sister, Helena, disappeared, her family is falling apart. Emma’s dad closed the family restaurant and dwindling finances forced them to move into a dilapidated trailer park full of crags (magical creatures such as dwarves, ratters, hags and cats). Emma’s only friend is an old, scruffy one-eyed cat named Jack, who gives her the Heart’s Blood for a pride of cats. Usually this is given to cats, not humans, as whoever has the Heart’s Blood becomes the leader ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
When Emma's sister Helena goes missing her parents do everything they can to try and find her, resulting in the family losing everything. They are forced to move to the edge of the city where crags (magical creatures) live. Emma has her heart set on finding her sister and with the help of Jack, a talking cat, the adventure begins.

I was incredibly excited when I won Claws by Mike and Rachel Grinti from Waterstones a few weeks ago. Although this book is aimed at those that are about ten years youn
Nov 02, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
I fell in love with the cover. I have a black cat and the cover drew me to it. Unfortunately, no black cat appeared in the book and I hate it when the cover doesn't match the story so the book lost a star.

However, the story was fun and fascinating. I love the idea of cat magic. I love the cat's view of the world (which I think is more realistic than my personification of my cat's thoughts). I liked the main character although I was bothered by her father's extremism. The author tried to explain
As far is my experience goes, this is quite original. I liked the faerie concept, and the idea. They're clever. And despite the fact that the characters are not drawn in a very complex or sophisticated way, and the dialogue is pretty run of the mill, the storyline still offers plenty of thought provoking material. It had me thinking about teens and drug addiction, teens and cults, religious groups and anyone's desire for a feeling of belonging. (Also, of course, the idea of saving s ...more
May 02, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Claws is a great fantasy read. It is about being different and those dark spaces I remember from being a kid--being rejected, afraid, learning to trust myself and others, and a lot more of that complicated business of growing up.

The adults of this world just don't have the foggiest idea of how to deal with what has happened to their world. Magic has intruded, and the magical creatures who came with it are almost all rejected by society--all except the fairies. Emma's older sister has disappeare
Megan Kurz
Jun 03, 2014 Megan Kurz rated it really liked it
Shelves: 8th-grade-books
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Sharon Burgin
Jun 09, 2012 Sharon Burgin rated it liked it
There have been books about young magicians; books about vampires and werewolves in High School. This is a tale of crags. A world populated with fairies, child eating hags, harpies and magical cats.

Emma’s sister Helena has gone missing. Her father, in his despair can’t concentrate and the family loses his restaurant and their home. They end up moving to a caravan park on the outskirts of the enchanted forest.

Emma starts having problems at school and wants to help find Helena. To do this she is g
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