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3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
JOSH’S FAMILY IS used to changes—but now they are hurtling into even more. Although Josh has always had an affinity with animals, it’s his younger brother Jamie who falls under the all-pervading wild cat spell.

“Leo” seems to have taken over Jamie’s life. He eats when and what he wants, speaks only when he needs to. Soon it becomes impossible for the family to cope with his
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by David Fickling Books (first published October 19th 2006)
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LH Johnson
I've been on a Linda Newbery kick recently, and have come to a bit of a conclusion. I think I mark her quite severely when I review her, and I think that's for one reason. Because sometimes when people are really good, and they make you think twice about the written word and how things come together, they need to be marked on a slightly different scale because that's where they are. So when I tell you that this has got five stars, it's really, really got five stars. Hard-earned, hard won. And it ...more
Rachel Page
Aug 11, 2016 Rachel Page rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lots of things are changing in Josh and Jamie's life. Both of their parents have got new partners and there are new siblings invading their homes. Josh has always been fascinated by big cats, but on a trip to the zoo, Jamie falls under the same spell. But suddenly Jamie seems different. He cries out in the night and stops speaking entirely. One look from a lion and something has changed in Jamie...

This was an odd book. I couldn't quite work out if it was going to be a novel about magic or realis
Erin Sterling
After observing lions at a wildlife park, Josh’s younger brother Jamie pretends to be possessed by the spirit of a lion. Or is he really pretending? Josh, who has always been obsessed with cats of all sizes, isn’t sure. Told from Josh’s point of view, this psychological drama explores how two brothers deal with changes in their life—a new baby sister, a sullen teenage step-brother--related to their parents’ broken marriage. The book walks the line of reality and fantasy, leaving readers wonderin ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Ruby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book. I really enjoyed it.
The illustrations can be a bit confusing at first, but you eventually get used to them. The first two chapters or though were a bit slow maybe, but the rest of it was perfect. I really liked how it was paced, and I couldn't get myself to put it down. I also liked how the story truly felt like it was from a child's (Josh's) point of view. It's the type of book that's both melancholic and feel good at the same time (though I know that probably doesn't make mu
Mar 18, 2008 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Explores the feelings that young children experience when change occurs in the family unit - divorce, step-parents, new brother or sister. I enjoyed the titbits about cats too! Linda Newbery provides the reader with lots of sublte messages... thoughtful writing for adolescents.
Dec 02, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intended for kids, but suitable for anyone who has ever had to deal with CHANGE. This book cleverly highlights how important it is for all of us to recognize the value of our own lives as well as that of others' in a family or community. The characters are relatable and endearing.
Syafiqah Shukri
Aug 12, 2013 Syafiqah Shukri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the theme she sets in this book. The turmoil of a young kid dealing with changes was interesting and dangerous. Besides it has cat facts in it, that is an instant selling point to me.. :D
Martha Netoff
Jul 09, 2010 Martha Netoff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Really good and intresting!
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Linda Iris Newbery (born 12 August 1952, in Romford, Essex) is a British writer known best for young-adult fiction—where she entered the market, although she has broadened her range to encompass all ages. She published her first novel Run with the Hare in 1988, while still working as an English teacher in a comprehensive school. She became a full-time writer in 2000.
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