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Yaxley's Cat

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
After Yaxley disappears, the inhabitants of an English village fear that his ugly old cat will uncover the truth about the secret they are hiding.
Published (first published 1991)
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David Tendo
Aug 26, 2011 David Tendo rated it liked it
I had completely forgotten about this book that I had read as a kid, until recently our neighbour's cat that resembles the cat on the book cover, has been coming over to our balcony; and I was immediately reminded of the Robert Westall novel. After Machine Gunners and Fathom Five I was thoroughly hooked on Robert Westall, so I came into this expecting much of the same boys on an adventure kind of feel. But this was something different and unexpectedly creepy (especially for young adults). Can't ...more
Jeaneen Gauthier
Aug 19, 2015 Jeaneen Gauthier rated it really liked it
An excellent read. If you liked the movie, The Wicker Man, this book will be right up your alley.
Eccentrika
“Lo stregone” è un interessantissimo thriller, che, a causa della protagonista adulta in prima persona, potrebbe dare l'impressione iniziale di essere destinato a lettori adulti, ma che invece è per ragazzi. La trentacinquenne Rose stressata dalla vita coniugale organizza, in compagnia dei suoi due figli, una vacanza un po' diversa dai soliti standard. Affittando un vecchio cottage nella campagna inglese ha intenzione dimenticare lo stress e di abbandonarsi a trascorrere settimane più semplici e ...more
So92
“Lo stregone” è un breve thriller, che, a causa della protagonista adulta in prima persona, potrebbe dare l'impressione iniziale di essere destinato a lettori adulti, ma che invece è per ragazzi. La trentacinquenne Rose stressata dalla vita coniugale organizza, in compagnia dei suoi due figli, una vacanza un po' diversa dai soliti standard. Affittando un vecchio cottage nella campagna inglese ha intenzione dimenticare lo stress e di abbandonarsi a trascorrere settimane più semplici e in contatto ...more
Orrin Grey
Oct 02, 2010 Orrin Grey rated it it was ok
I'm a big Robert Westall fan, but I didn't care for this one as much. The suspense was well handled, but the protagonist was such a passive character and she spent the entire book harried and confused and miserable to such an extent that it drained a lot of the charm from reading it, for me.
Peta Yaxley
Jan 08, 2013 Peta Yaxley rated it liked it
I was given a first edition as a Christmas present. As a Yaxley who loves cats it was a great gift. A quick read - can see it's appeal in adolescent fiction. The only other Yaxley that I know of in fiction is a baddie in Harry Potter.
Abigail
May 21, 2012 Abigail added it
Shelves: 1996-ssr
My dad retired last year and in looking through his files he found my Silent Sustained Reading Record from when I was in his class.
I thought it was interesting to see what I was reading back when I was 13!

No rating on this, because I don't remember it at all!
Mary-Beth
Dec 08, 2007 Mary-Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a good suspense novel about a woman who rents a cottage in a small town with her two kids only to find the cottage once belonged to a sort of witch. The locals disliked the previous occupant and become a threat to the family.
Elaine
Aug 19, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing
What a gripping page turner. Certainly not suitable for faint hearted adults, haha! Robert Westall at his best.
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Robert Westall was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1929.

His first published book The Machine Gunners (1975) which won him the Carnegie Medal is set in World War Two when a group of children living on Tyneside retrieve a machine-gun from a crashed German aircraft. He won the Carnegie Medal again in 1981 for The Scarecrows, the first writer to win it twice. He won the Smarties Priz
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