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Cat Running

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  261 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
When 11-year-old Cat Kinsey builds a secret hideout to escape her unhappy home life, she gets to know a poor family who has come to California after losing their Texas home to the dust storms of the 1930s. "Appealing and informative". --School Library Journal, starred.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Yearling (first published 1994)
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Oct 09, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at the Goodwill, not really knowing what it was about other than running, which I have an interest in. Surprisingly, it was about the Dust Bowl era, my current topic of particular interest! Therefore, I may have liked it more than I would have otherwise. But all in all, it was a very good story, with a nice moral without being preachy about it, or overdoing it. At first I thought the story sounded too much like The Bridge to Terabithia (written 20 years earlier), but was pl ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Myles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-stuff, historish, dcf
Snyder draws on her Californian Depression-era childhood again and this time come up empty-handed. I have no doubt that someone could learn something about that time here and surely comparisons could be drawn between the discrimination towards the Okies and minorities today, but the fact is there are a lot of books that do that better.

Zilpha Keatley Snyder was one of my favorite authors growing up and I remember passing on this book and others by her the same as I passed on other realistic novel
Sep 01, 2010 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: great-depression
During my time at NIU, I used this book in a unit that I planned..... I never read it, I just pretended. With the guilt hanging over my head even now, I decided to tackle this bad boy.

It was a pretty good book. My major complaint is that it was verrrrry slow-moving, especially for such a short book. There was a lot of background information about Cat's family, which I felt was pretty boring.

However, it did bring up a lot of good things that could definitely be useful in a classroom. For example,
Oct 21, 2010 Dawn rated it really liked it
This book is my other favorite historical fiction find this year besides Jip. Z. K. Snyder is a prolific author who is famous for books like The Egypt Game. Cat Running may be less well known, but I loved it. Cat is a girl growing up in Northern CA during the depression. She is the fastest runner in her class, but her gruff, old fashioned father insists that she always wear a dress even when racing, which Cat resents. But soon she becomes caught up in things which matter much more than her dress ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 4-7 138pgs

1930s California. 11 year old Catherine "Cat" doesn't like her stepsiblings or her stepfather or the way her mother never takes her side. The one thing Cat does like is running and exploring in the woods near her house. Cat has always been the fastest runner in her school, but when a new family of "Okies", Dust Bowl "refugees", show up at school, the oldest boy Zane is a runner too and just might be faster than her. When Sammy, another member of Zane's family, discovers Cat's secret
Nov 13, 2015 Dominique rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, rereading, audio
I read this book several times when I was younger and only had memories of how magical and wonderful the story was. I have been looking for this book for almost 10 years and I finally found it. As I was reading this book all I could think was that I don't really understand the feelings that I remembered from when I read it before. But at the end is when the full force of magic came to me. I found it interesting rereading it now at the age of 20 and a student of human development and recognizing ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a book about two families during the Depression. Cat's family is the well-to-do, leaders-of-the-town Kinsey family who live in a mansion--but who have fallen on hard times because of the Depression. Zane's family is from Texas. They lost everything is the "dust bowl" and now are known as "Okies," itinerant workers who go from camp to camp picking produce in California. They live in squalor and no "respecting" person will have anything to do with them. But Cat discovers they are people ju ...more
Soobie's heartbroken
Quando l'ho letto per la prima volta, avrò avuto undici o dodici anni al massimo. Nonostante fossi cresciuta a pane a autori americani, non avevo la minima idea di cosa succedesse realmente al di là dell'oceano. Non avevo idea di cosa fossero gli Okies.

Poi qualche anno fa guardai "Furore" di John Ford. Sì, lo so è anche un libro ma John Fonda mi ha già assestato un bel pugno sullo stomaco e non ho nessuno voglia di affrontare anche Steinbeck.

Comunque. Dopo aver visto "Furore" anche questo libro
K.L. Pickett
Another great Zilpha Keatlley Snyder book!
Aug 02, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it
The lady was right. It was a wonderful book. Think BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA.
Jan 03, 2014 Josephine rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
Snyder seems to have undergone a sea change in her writing from her earlier books, which had an element of magic...and that's what I liked about her writing, at least as a child. So the fact that I'm rating this one as a two-star shouldn't turn others off from reading it. Though there is some validity to others' comments that it may serve more as a Lesson Book to fit into a teacher's lesson plan about Depression-era California.
Sep 06, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it
Well-written historical fiction with an appealing protagonist. The setting as well as Cat's personality reminded me of my mother's stories of her childhood in Northern California. Although the reader sees the moral dilemma coming early on, Snyder handles it sensitively and realistically. I wish she'd write a sequel! The only book I've read previously by ZKS is The Egypt Game (excellent); can anyone recommend other titles?
Sally Trabulsi
Sep 26, 2013 Sally Trabulsi rated it really liked it
Found a list of 35 Kids Books You May Have Forgotten About on Shelf Awareness. On it was one called The Egypt Game by Zilpha K. Snyder. Didn't find that in the library yesterday, but found this one, read it in the afternoon and liked it a lot. I'll be doing some more books from that list, as there are many I haven't read. Fun to look back into this genre of Kid Lit.
Mar 03, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a great book the kids and I listened to. It takes place during the depression and lets you experience some of the hardships of that time while still being overall uplifting.
Apr 29, 2008 Amanda marked it as to-read
This was one of my favorite books when I was growing up and I plan on going back and re reading it along with a few of my other childhood favorites!
Jun 17, 2011 Happycat rated it really liked it
This book is great for an early reader, it is short, but very captivating with themes young kids relate to.
Aug 30, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: runners
Recommended to Emily by: 4th grade teacher
An interesting book. I liked the reference of her braid flapping her back. A great book...
A good kids book, but not as powerful to me as some of Snyder's earlier books.
Jan 19, 2009 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: grades-4-6
Good book, not my favorite but it did hold my attention.
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Mar 12, 2009 Artifice Magazine rated it it was ok
Shelves: rebekah
Meh. But I like the cave.
May 27, 2012 R. rated it it was ok
Meh. But I like the cave.
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The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game," "The Headless Cupid," and "The Witches of Worm," Zilpha Keatley Snyder has been writing books for children since 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Since that time she has completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for young ...more
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