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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,053 ratings  ·  122 reviews
An exciting new package for an 80,000-copy bestseller. In Robert Westall's critically acclaimed novel, a courageous black cat journeys through war-torn England searching for her beloved master. A moving and stirring novel.--School Library Journal. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1989)
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Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books that make me feel nostalgic and this book did just that! I thought it was absolutely fascinating that the protragonist was a cat and the cat lead you through all the different emotions that came with world war II, intergrating them in little personal stories as the cat brings luck and a small amount of hope to each individual she stays with. I found it especially touching when she brought a war widow back to life by forcing her to regain control of her life using her poorly kitten t ...more
Molly G
Is this really a kids' book?? At every installment I was crying. I think perhaps a case of an adult finding things more hard-hitting and upsetting where a kid might cope better, and/or be able to ride it at a less wrenching level of adventure. Maybe not. In any case, what an exploration. A trip through a diverse sampling of experiences in WWII (all based on true events). The cat is a narrative device like Huck and Jim on the raft: the vehicle one rides to connect all these stories, look through ...more
Robert Blumenthal
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very well-conceived and well-written novel of the time in England at the start of WWII. It centers around a cat who is trying to get home to his master and the experiences she encounters in the process. It clearly shows life during wartime, the horrors and the ways people coped. It seems very realistic, too much so for my taste. I should reveal here how much I despise war. One of the things that lessened the pleasure of this novel for me is that the author put me right in the thick of ...more
Maria Carmo
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
What an extraordinary book! It is much more than a wonderful book about a pet, it is an historical (although partially fictional) novel about second world war in which a cat with a sixth sense to "follow" her "person" ends up traveling most of her life and mysteriously bringing luck and salvation to all those who cross her path. Is it because she has a sixth sense that enables her to somehow "flare" danger? Or are black cats really lucky? A marvelous book, breathtaking and intense and extremely ...more
Settare (on hiatus)
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Settare (on hiatus) by: Rana Heshmati
Because war is just as bitter, just as resentful, just as atrocious, from the point of view of a cat.

3/5 stars
Lord Gort is an ordinary cat: she has no magic powers and rarely does anything more than what other cats can do. When her master leaves home to fight the Germans in World War II, Lord Gort sets out to track him down. In the course of her travels, the black cat befriended by a lonely volunteer in the Observer Corps, a maverick sergeant, an old carter and a young war widow. Adopted by the rear gunner of a bomber plane, Lord Gort flies on numerous missions over enemy territory. After many successfu ...more
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of cats and WWII
This book taught me that cats lead more interesting lives than me.
John Parungao
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Imagine setting Lassie come Home, or Homeward Bound the incredible Journey in England during World War II. Now imagine a cat with some sort of superior homing instinct. Something the author refers to as Psi-trailing. That's the basis of this novel, as a female black cat named Lord Gort uses her superior tracking abilities to find "home" and her "human" after being evacuated to the countryside because of German air raids. Along the way Lord Gort will make new friends and have many adventures, bec ...more
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A cat as a main character with a World War II setting. It doesn't get much better than this. Loved this book. ...more
Alex  Baugh
Robert Westall’s novel Blitzcat has remained one of my favorite books about WWII, and I enjoy each rereading. It is the story of a female black cat named Lord Gort* who travels across England during the war in 1940-41 in search of her special owner and of the people she meets along the way. It is based on the phenomenon of psi-trailing. This is the ability of animals to find their way back to their owners, even over thousands of miles when they have become separated from one another for some rea ...more
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have wanted to read this book for ages, so when I saw this copy on the table at my local Book fair last week I knew it was meant to be. I'd been toying with buying it on Kindle but never committed, so now I get it for the low price of only $1

I liked the gritty reality of this book. The cat starves and is hurt, and war rages on around it. The human characters were great too, each in their own way. Honestly though, I would have preferred to feel more for the cat's own master rather than more for
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and tragic story about a black cat whom is considered back in the WW2 times to bring good luck.
This cat is no ordinary cat, however. She goes through so many things. You see things from her eyes whilst during World War 2. She visits many towns, goes through many owners and people who take care of her along the way. She endures bombs, raids, gun shells, temporary blindness and deafness. She becomes a mother, she saves people, places, other animals, hunts and is an awesome and seeming
L.M. Cooke
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I rarely bother with 'children's books'. Regardless, this caught my eye, and though it's a very easy read, it's a surprisingly good one. Blitzcat moves through the narrative like an amoral compass. The war may rage, but she is Cat, and above such things. She brings luck - imagined or otherwise - on those she lives with. But she has her own goal, entirely apart from puny hoomans.
I enjoyed it. I intend to lend it to my Mom (yes, some English people do call their mothers 'Mom'. Depends where you li
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know why it took me so long to get round to reading this book, but I wish now that I'd done it sooner. A classic children's story of wartime England, a small black cat and the many lives she touches on her journey to find her owner. I know I said this was a children's story but it's one of those books that should be read be every one, at times it brought a tear to my eye, I loved it. ...more
Nicky Neko
I think I read this as a kid, and wasn't too keen on it then. Re-reading it now was such a bore, and it really dragged towards the end. It's a shame, because the concept for the book is appealing, but it just suffers from not enough dialogue, and no interesting characters (apart from the cat). I think I'll re-read The Machine Gunners (which I enjoyed as a kid), and I just hope that has stood the test of time. ...more
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book at least 10 years ago, and I can still tell you the whole story line, beginning to end. I really enjoyed it and have no idea why!
This was an interesting account of WWII through the eyes of a cat. I enjoyed it but didn't love it. And if you are a parent I would definitely say this is more for the "older" young adult that is really interested in the time period. It was a bit dark and rather graphic at times. ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the book Blitzcat by Robert Westall, the main message is that home is wherever you are with the ones that you love and that there really is no place like home. Blitzcat takes place in England during the Blitz. The Blitz was when Germany attacked England through bombing them from 1940-1941. This story is told through Lord Gort who is a cat so therefore cannot talk so acts as a narrator. When Lord Gort's special person leaves to fight the Germans, Lord Gort uses psi trailing, a sense cats have ...more
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this with my son in May (I think), taking turns: he read a page, then I read a page. Now that I finished it--alone--I realize that in every way, it's way ahead of him. Westall is categorized as a YA author, but this book needs to be read by someone who knows an awful lot about the events around WWII in England. Probably not too many teens have that knowledge. I can see it being used as a literature component in a history class, though.

Anyway. The story follows Lord Gort, a cat
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

This feline odyssey is set in war-ravaged England starting after the evecuation of Dunkirk and continues for a year afterwards, Blitzcat is an extraordinary adventure story of heroism and stoicism, of compassion and brutality. Lord Gort is a female black cat (considerd
lucky by servicemen) who travels around England seeking her beloved soldier master. (psi-trailing)

This plucky heroine will tug at your heart as World War II causes her to lose several o
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got Blitzcat at the Imperial War Museum in London when I visited in 2008. This turned out to be an interesting WWII book, but I had to be in the right mood to read it. The story follows a black cat called Lord Gort, as she is searching for her person, an RAF wing commander.

An interesting point are that the cat actually acts like a cat, and this is used to tell the wartime stories of the people she meets on her travels. These stories doesn't glorify the war, and show the experience from many di
Wayne Farmer
I wish I'd read this book years ago. I love "The Machine Gunners", but had never read any more of Robert Westalls novels until "Fathom Five" last year. I found this book in a charity shop for 25p - best 25 pence I've ever spent!
This story sees life during World War II through the eyes of a cat who goes wandering to try and find her master (who has been sent overseas). Like the "Littlest Hobo" Lord Gort wanders in and out of people's lives bringing luck to all of them.
Yes the story is reminiscent
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A cat tries to find her way back to her master during the Blitz.
I was expecting this to be told in first-person from the cat's point of view (similar to Mr. Revere and I), but it isn't. We do get to hear what the cat is thinking and feeling now and then, but most of the story is really about the people she encounters along the way. This includes Mrs. Smiley (a woman who's housing a group of soldiers in Dover), Ollie (an elderly man who runs a stable and helps care for people after Coventry is bo
Interesting way to handle the subject of WW2 for younger readers. We see the impact of the return of troops from Dunkirk, Battle of Britain, Bombing raids on Coventry, refugees and bombing raids across the Channel. All through the eyes of a black cat trying to get back to its RAF master. I've seen it described as a "gentle" cat. Not a description I recognise. Lord Gort is a fighter, determined to survive ...more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War stories

The story was very well written and kept you interested to the end. I love stories about animals. Especially cats. The writer made you feel the cats personality and you had to admire her for her tenacious pursuance of her owner. You always feared for her life up to the end.
Jun 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
World War II from a cat's perspective. I was bored out of my mind. My first year teaching, I was told to read this with my below level juniors. The comment of the year (mumbled by a student under his breath) was "I wish this &^*%$# cat would die." So did I. ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good read- teaches a little about the war without being a textbook. Wouldn't want a really young kid reading it as it does cover all parts of war. I liked the story of Ollie best. I wish there hadn't been so many abbreviations as I have no idea what they mean! ...more
Steve Haak
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing from-the-cat POV book, set in WW2 London during the bombings. Loved it! Still one of my faves.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, read all of Robert Westall's books that I could find after happening onto Urn Burial at the library where I worked in the 80's. ...more
Jenny Hawley
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 6th grade, and it gave me my passion for reading!
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author by this name in the Goodreads database.

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 i

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