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Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle
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Dec 12, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: 2008-award-possibilities
Read in December, 2008

A resounding "no, thanks" from me. Admittedly, I never would have picked this up ordinarily, and it fulfilled all the things I expect "animal books" to be (by which I mean that I don't care for "animal books"). But I didn't think the writing was great, especially the dialogue; I never stopped feeling like I was reading a play, because the words seemed sort of lifeless, waiting for someone to speak them. Most of the things I thought were funny seemed primarily aimed at adults. And I had doubts about a possible Dragon Lady stereotype in the damaged Siamese cat, Khalia Koo--though she had the best character development over the course of the novel.

Does anyone have any responses from children to report? It seemed much more like an adult's short story, of the kind we read in high school anthologies, than a book for children--but as always, that's just a guess.

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