Cats at Sea (Anton and Cecil Series #1)

Cats at Sea (Anton and Cecil Series #1)

by Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin


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A swashbuckling story of two very different cat brothers and their adventures at sea.

Cecil and Anton are as different as port and starboard. Cecil, stocky and black with white patches, thirsts for seafaring adventure as he roams the docks of his harborside home, taking day trips on fishing boats when the chance comes along.Slim, gray Anton prefers listening to the sailors’ shanties at the town saloon. But one day when Anton goes to port, he’s taken to be a ratter on a ship bound for the high seas.

Knowing little of the wide open ocean that lies beyond the harbor, Cecil boards another ship in hopes of finding Anton. But what begins as a rescue mission turns into a pair of high-seas adventures.

Anton takes on a fierce rat, outwits hungry birds, and forges a forbidden friendship, while Cecil encounters dolphins and whales and finds himself in the middle of a pirate raid. On an ocean as vast as the one Anton and Cecil have discovered, will they ever see home—or each other—again?

Orange Prize–winning author Valerie Martin and Lisa Martin present a colorful cast of characters, rich historical detail, and lyrical storytelling that will delight fans of such classic animal adventures as The Wind in the Willows, Stuart Little, and Poppy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616202460
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Series: Anton and Cecil Series , #1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa Martin has worked as an educator and children's poet and currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is her first series for young readers.

Orange Prize-winner Valerie Martin is the author of nine acclaimed adult novels, including Property and The Confessions of Edward Day. She lives in Millbrook, New York.

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Cats at Sea (Anton and Cecil Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
HollyBerry44 More than 1 year ago
I had such fun reading this book! It is a perfect middle grade read for either boys or girls, it has something in it for both of them, and even their parents if they are reading it aloud with them, I think people of all ages can get something out of this story. Anton and Cecil are brothers, and could not be any different in personality, however, I think that it reflects well on family dynamics. They still live with their Mother Sonya at a lighthouse in Nova Scotia, and travel to the docks everyday to search for food and entertainment. The way that the author's were able to portray the sailors and how they acted, and how that attracted the cats was such fun. The cats were also able to speak to other animals as well, and that was an interesting twist in the story, and it was great how you got to see the different personalities in the different animals, and you could imagine that that is how they would be speaking if they could, it was great!  I enjoyed the pacing of the book, it was just spot on, and very easy for a middle grader to follow for sure and not be lost anywhere. I also liked that you got to see how the brothers interacted together, and when they were separated we got to see a real growth in both of them, and I think that there are some good lessons for kids to learn in this book. I would for sure recommend it for anyone looking for a good middle grade read, this one gets a 4/5 from me! 
book4children More than 1 year ago
A swashbuckling adventure full of mystery, superstition, and a little magic. I absolutely loved this book! This is the type of story that will be enjoyed by children young and old. I loved the cats, I loved the pirates, and I loved the mouse. I liked the way each cat landed in a situation that stretched and challenged them specifically. This is a very fun book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: sassypants. -,- <br> gender: a girl. <br> age: __ moons. Why would i keep track of that stuff?<br> looks: misty gray she with green eyes. <br> personal: nice. <br> ask for anyhting else, but you will get this: hello this is meh newb accent i pad in and ask may i join bahaahahahahahaha!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gender: &male <p> Look: Light blue with darker blue eyes. He wears a necklace with a Blue Jay's feather attached to it. <p> Personality: Quiet, caring, polite, brave, smart, great hunter, swift, friendly, kind, can be harsh. Understanding. <p> Crush: Yes. <p> Mate: No. <p> Kits: No. <p> History: He was orphaned with his sister Hollykit and they both got seperated when apprintences. Jaystar never saw her again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I highly reccomend Anton and Cecil!
WriteByNight More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this fast-paced, interesting story of two Canadian cat brothers with very different personalities, but who are, nonetheless, true brothers who look out for each other no matter what. The book focuses on the brothers quest to find the other and their way home, after one brother (the one most disinterested in the sea) is shanghaied on their hometown docks. There's lots of adventure, but great characters and the story always maintains its great heart. Themes of loyalty, family, friendship, and personal growth abound, but the tale never drags or becomes preachy in any way. The book has 14 chapters, so it made for a nicely paced two-week bedtime read. And the illustrations by Kelly Murphy are quite wonderful and add a lot to the story. I hope there will be a sequel. My only *very minor* criticism would be that in a couple of places it seemed as though the two authors had difficulty maintaining a single unified narration voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! A classic! Pure storytelling, set in an interesting historical period, about two loyal brother cats. Perfect for young readers. PHooper