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No One Noticed the Cat by Anne McCaffrey
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No One Noticed the Cat
By Anne McCaffrey

This is a pleasant, gentle Fantasy story that is suitable for third-graders but would be best suited to the fifth-grade class. Prince Jamas has just lost his friend and Regent, and is still just short of achieving his majority so that he can rule the country of Esphania. Fortunately for him, the recently departed Mangan had seen the need approaching, and had surrounded the Prince with trustworthy and discrete advisors and protectors, among them the cat Niffy, who soon makes herself an indispensible asset of Jamas’. During the next year, Jamas falls in love and marries, thwarts attempts on his life, and (with Niffy’s help), returns a rightful heir to the throne of a neighboring country while ensuring the safety of his extended family and friends.
Major Characters:
Mangan: The wise, foresighted guardian-regent to the Prince of Esphania.
Jamas: Prince of Esphania, a young man with a desire to act first and think later who is learning patience and gaining diplomatic skill with the assistance of Niffy and his courtiers.
Grenejon Klanto, Baron Illify: One of Jamas’ best friends and his favorite equerry. Not too many years older than the Prince, Grenejon is nonetheless more cautious and even-tempered.
Frenery: Jamas’ secretary, an older man who capably handles all of the duties Jamas asks of him.
Willow: the Lady Willow was the ward of Edrigl, the neighboring King of the country of Mauritia; Princess Willow is the beautiful bride of Prince Jamas. She is a strong, caring , courageous and loving young woman.
Laurel: Willow’s younger sister, Lady Laurel was also a ward of King Edrigl until she became the Baroness Illify. Like her sister, Laurel is beautiful and strong. She is also a courageous and caring young lady, too.
Salinah: Also a ward of King Edrigl’s, the Baroness Salinah has her heart set on marrying a Prince. But the young woman is too haughty and proud for Jamas’ taste, and besides, she doesn’t like cats.
Geroge}: Sons of King Edrigl, they are the natural heirs to his throne.
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Countess Solesne: ‘Sollie’ was the friend and chaperone of the young ladies when they came to Esphania for Willow’s wedding, but she was their friend and a courageous ally for years.
Queen Yasmin: Edrigl’s new wife. A scheming woman of strong ambition, Yasmin has plans for herself that require the ‘disposal’ of people she perceives to be in her way.
Niffy: A smoky grey cat, Niffy is the silent counselor, advisor and protector of Prince Jamas. Niffy has a supernatural understanding, and an exceptional ability to know what is the best course of action in a particular situation.


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