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Cat Burglar Black

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  678 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
K. Westree: Teen Cat Burglar

When K. Westree arrivse at Bellsong Academy, she thinks she's left her cat-burgling past behind her. But K. soon discovers the school has a mystery of its own, a hidden treasure left behind by its founder, and she's the only one who has a hope of finding it. As she resumes her cat-burgling in an attempt to discover the school's secrets, K. begin
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by First Second
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Jan Philipzig
Cat Burglar Black is Richard Sala lite - a mystery for all ages, not as weird and deranged as his other stuff. To be sure, we encounter various spooky locations and shady characters, but the overall tone is not as outlandish as you would expect from Sala. Still, the mystery is masterfully developed, as the reader constantly feels there might be more to a situation or a character than meets the eye. I was just a bit underwhelmed with the rather uninspired way things were resolved in the end.
Sam Quixote
Jul 21, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
The book follows the story of a young girl - "K" - who goes to a strange town where she is told to burgle a number of residents whose houses contain paintings which if collected together will reveal a secret of buried treasure. But as K sees her friends being picked off on these dangerous missions, she begins questioning the direction of her troubled life and tries to find out about what really happened to her parents.

This is the first Richard Sala which is in colour, bringing to life the usual
Feb 09, 2016 Praxedes rated it really liked it
The clever mystery that forms this graphic novel is greatly enhanced by the visuals. Normally I am not a fan of diffuse colors and irregular lines, but in this case it totally worked! Sala's coloring and lettering slowly shift, conforming to the plot the way a shadow conforms to changing light sources.

I wish Sala had gone more in depth into the characters...the reader is left with the initial intrigue without resolution or explanation. It seemed to me that every persona had a neat back story tha
Jackie "the Librarian"
K. is the new girl at Bellsong Academy for Girls, a mysterious boarding school owned by her aunt. K.'s never met her aunt, she's an orphan who until recently was part of a gang of thieves led by the evil Mother Claude. She was Mother Claude's star performer, perhaps because of her gymnastic abilities inherited from her trapeze artist father.

But things are not right at Bellsong Academy, either. K.'s aunt lies swathed in bandages (why does that make me suspicious?), and the teachers have a plan fo
Callie Rose Tyler
Apr 21, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A little disappointed with this one, I enjoyed it but it is nowhere near as good as Delphine which I found to be darkly magical.

It was an interesting story, teenage cat burglars being forced to steal some mysterious paintings, but the execution was not creepy or suspenseful. There is a level of strangeness but not enough to stir any level of emotion from the reader.

I enjoyed the characters and setting but everything felt very underdeveloped and the ending felt very rushed.

Overall, good not gr
Oct 21, 2014 Aurora rated it liked it
"Cat Burglar Black" is a crime graphic novel. It tells the story of an orphaned teenage girl nicknamed "K". As a young girl, K was raised in an orphanage. The orphan's matron was very greedy and raised the orphans to be thieves to steal things for her. Later, K is invited to attend the "Bellsong Academy", an academy for exceptional young ladies. At the school, K meets other girls who were having trouble 'fitting in' like her. Mrs. Turtledove, the headmistress of the school, asks the girls to ste ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Richard Sala’s books are eerie, mysterious, offbeat, and full of quirky humor. Cat Burglar Black is one of his only graphic novels that may be deemed appropriate for all ages. It is also one of his most attractive looking books. His highly original drawings appear throughout in rich watercolor dyes that have never looked better.

The story, divided into five chapters, is probably the closest thing in form to a Lemony Snicket novel in graphic form. Terrible things have happened to the main characte
Dec 03, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
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Mar 22, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, comics
K's parents died when she was young. The orphanage she was raised in doubled as a training ground for pickpockets, and K was a top student until the place burned to the ground. Now, she's been sent to the private school her aunt owns, only to find that it too doubles as a training ground for thieves. She and the other three girls at the school have been recruited to rob three paintings from eccentric and wealthy owners, because each holds a clue to a larger puzzle.

Cat Burglar Black was written f
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 18, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
What a devilishly divine caper! K. has been raised in an orphanage by a wicked woman who has trained the children to be master thieves and pickpockets when one day she receives a call from a long lost aunt to come live with her at a rundown boarding school. K arrives and meets 3 other girls who seem to come from similar circumstances as her and the teens are encouraged to continue their thievery working for a secret organization. I loved this book! The story is fast-paced, a little over-the-top ...more
Jun 18, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Meh. This GN of a teenage loner trained in the art of theft who is joining an exclusive boarding school for "exceptional" young ladies had promise but ultimately failed to engage me on an emotional level. I liked the art, the color and the action sequences, but there was too much telling of the main character's background instead of showing and I wanted a deeper characterization of the protagonist. Also, the dialogue was a little stiff. The ending is left wide open for a sequel, so we'll see...
David Schaafsma
Mar 07, 2013 David Schaafsma rated it it was ok
Shelves: gn-children, gn-crime
Richard Sala writing for all ages... a mystery, not all that well conceived, executed okay. Have to see how my kids like it but I just thought it was okay. Girl as main character with thief/acrobat skills... spooky house... but felt to me sort of superficial, really, when I think of other "younger" books and the complexity they go for with this audience.
Oct 29, 2009 Ingenue rated it it was ok
Shelves: gn, tachiyomi
Holy abandoned plot coupons, Catwoman!
Stacey B.
Jun 21, 2017 Brandi rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jan 29, 2017 Ariel rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Very enjoyable. Just some weird stuff going on at one point. Still a good read.
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Dec 29, 2016 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, gothic, mystery, indy
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Taralee Scott
Sep 21, 2016 Taralee Scott rated it really liked it
(Graphic Novel) This book is about a girl who finds herself caught up in a ring of thieves. Very intriguing and wonderful illustrations. Loved the ending.
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Dani Shuping
Mar 20, 2011 Dani Shuping rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is my first time reading one of Richard Sala's books and it's...interesting. I had to read this book twice to fully appreciate the story and the artwork, although I still have some mixed feelings about the book.

Overall the story is pretty fantastic. A strong young female character who can stand up for herself doesn't come along as often as it should in stories. And Sala does a masterful job of portraying K with her strength and weaknesses and has created a character that anyone can identif
Nov 30, 2010 Jacki rated it it was ok
Summary: Orphan K. was raised in an orphanage where all the children were taught to become pickpockets. When she is sent to a girls' boarding school by a long-lost aunt, K. vows to give up burglary, until the school turns out to be run by an international organization of thieves. With her fellow students, K. participates in three heists to bring together a series of paintings that will give a clue to the location of a secret treasure. But with her friends disappearing and the plot thickening, K. ...more

Richard Sala’s work is always atmospheric, mysterious, and moody, themes exemplified in the opening of this graphic novel; our young heroine, dressed in cat burglar black, runs through a dark, menacing forest pursued by some horrid beast, which bellows out “rawnk! rawnk!” and corners her in a tree. How did she get into this mess? How is she going to escape?

K, an orphan, has come to a mysterious mansion deep in the woods, Bellsong School for Girls, but soon finds that it is a front for a ra
Orrin Grey
May 01, 2009 Orrin Grey rated it liked it
OK, I am officially and for real this time done with Richard Sala. Not that Cat Burglar Black wasn't good. In fact, it was probably my favorite of the things I've read by him, but I have, at this point, sampled a pretty broad cross-section of his work, and while it always feels like it should be my cup of tea exactly, it never quite is for some reason.

Still, Cat Burglar Black is a lot of fun. It's a little simpler and more approachable than some of his other books, and though it has less superna
Dec 06, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
The story follows K, who is an orphan. Once her aunt contacts her she goes to find her at a school that she believes she runs. Once there K is met by some suspicious girls her age, and some scary adults. They don't seem trustworthy but they say they know her dad and that they work with her aunt (who they say is sick.) It's revealed K was raised to steal, which is in her blood since her father was a legendary cat burglar and worked for a group called "The Obtainers." The adults are m
May 19, 2012 Leew49 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Four teenaged girls, under the control of a sinister criminal organization called the Obtainers, are forced to commit burglaries in a mysterious and dangerous village called Moorlock's Gate. The aim is to solve a riddle that can lead to a long-hidden treasure. The story is set in a creepy old mansion, complete with high-ceilinged shadowy rooms, hidden passages, an eccentric staff and a mysterious bandage-swathed invalid. Characters begin disappearing mysteriously in a manner that brings to mind ...more
Oct 13, 2009 Raina rated it liked it
This is in the camp of The Mysterious Benedict Society and other nostalgic quirky stories. K is an orphan sent to live in a school for girls with only four students. Turns out, they are a group of cat burglars on a mission to solve the mystery of a buried treasure. This involves breaking into a series of progressively more eccentric houses (think massive fishtanks, booby traps, and moving statues) and putting together clues. The illustrations are saturated and stylized, and almost make me think ...more
Jay Daze
Nov 01, 2009 Jay Daze rated it liked it
A slinky, white haired Nancy-Drew-girl in a paranoid woodcut world peopled with thieves, murders, sadists and a giant criminal conspiracy. Sala's elegant art is deceptively simple, pulling you into a shadowy world. His graphic layout is pretty old school, reminding me of Tin-Tin in places. But instead of a boy reporter, the heroine is a cat burglar with rosebud lips and white hair. Kathrine Westree, who prefers to go by the Kafkaesque 'K'. Young, somewhat blank-faced girls are controlled and thr ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Rosa rated it liked it
K has been raised in an orphanage to be a thief. When the orphanage is finally revealed for what it truly is, she is sent to a private boarding school where her aunt is working. The book starts when she arrives at the school. She soon finds that the school is not actually open and that there are only four other girls. All is not what she expected. This would definitely be a fun adventure story for tweens. There is a quick pace and the adventure and mystery will keep the reader interested. Second ...more
Aug 07, 2011 JoLene rated it it was ok
The library had a display of new graphic novels and I couldn't resist picking up a few. I'm always on the lookout for a new series --- unforunately, I'm not sure that I will continue with this one. It's a sad state when I am noticing the quality of the paper (very nice -- BTW), instead of focusing on the story. The artwork is a bit creepy but in keeping with the overall vibe of the story.

This is the story of K, an orphan who has been taught how to be a thief. Apparently, her father was also a th
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Richard Sala grew up with a fascination for musty old museums, dusty old libraries, cluttered antique shops, narrow alleyways, hidden truths, double meanings, sinister secrets and spooky old houses. He has written and drawn a number of unusual graphic novels which often combine elements of classic mystery and horror stories and which have been known to cause readers to emit chuckles as well as gas ...more
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