Highway Cats

Highway Cats

by Janet Taylor Lisle


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A heartwarming tale that's great for fans of Warriors

When three kittens are thrown off the back of a truck, none of the highway cats knows what to make of them. They seem to have an appeal—an energy, even—that Khalia Koo, Jolly Roger, and the rest of the mangy, feral cats don't understand. But there are bigger issues to figure out when the bulldozers start coming, threatening to demolish their homes as well as several historical landmarks. Can three little kittens be the answer to saving the town?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142414859
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/20/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 750,518
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Janet Taylor Lisle was born in Englewood, New Jersey and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut, spending summers on the coast of Rhode Island. The eldest and only daughter in a family of five children, she was educated at local schools and at fifteen entered The Ethel Walker School, a girl's boarding school in Simsbury, Ct.

After graduation from Smith College in 1969 with a degree in English Literature, she enlisted and was trained for work in VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). She lived and worked for the next two years in Atlanta, Georgia, organizing food-buying cooperatives in the city's public housing projects and teaching in an early-child care center. Catalyzed by this experience, she enrolled in journalism courses at Georgia State University with the idea of writing about the poverty she had seen. This was the beginning of a reporting career that extended over the next ten years.

With the birth of her daughter in 1977, Lisle turned to writing projects that could be accomplished at home. In 1984, The Dancing Cats of Applesap, her first novel for children, was published. Subsequently, she has published ten other novels.

Afternoon of the Elves, a 1990 Newbery Honor Book, has been translated into six languages. It was produced as a play by the Seattle Children's Theater in 1993, and continues to be performed in children's theaters throughout the U.S. In this book, as in others she has written, the author plumbs a borderland between reality and fantasy where imagination holds sway and the ordinary surfaces of life crack open to reveal hidden worlds.

Elves, fairies and exotic creatures make appearances in her novels but whether they are real within the story, or merely imaginative projections of her characters, is often left unresolved.

"I think of magic as that which is still waiting to be discovered," the author has said. "I put it in my books to remind readers (myself included) to keep a sharp eye out. The unknown is everywhere, all around us and lurking even in our own minds."

She lives on the Rhode Island coast with her husband, Richard Lisle, and their daughter Elizabeth, a college student.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Highway Cats 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminds me of The Power of Three by Erin Hunter. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT !!! :) YOU NEED TO READ IT!!! BUY IT !!! IT'S EPIC!!!!!!! :D
crazy-cat-girl-1 More than 1 year ago
I liked it but i wish the story had more book. Ya know... and the bag cat and the main charecter had more of their love exposed.
webkinz More than 1 year ago
this book is my birthday book at my school i love it so much! it is about two cats that live on a highway find three kits on the road in a box they made it across the road without getting hit the two cats names are shredder and murray the claw murray thinks their is something funny about these kits if you are looking for a newberry book this one is by a newberry aouter! i really recommed this book i hope you enjoy it!
Rachael Moskowitz More than 1 year ago
This i a very good book, short but could be hard to read for 9- you should really read this book
bplma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Feral cats, embittered by their hard life living around a trash strewn highway, learn to work together to stop a cynical politician from building a shopping center over this last piece of open space that they call home. A quick read, great mix of plot and character development dealing with the subject of overdevelopment, trash, abandoned animals and dirty politics while remaining light, and age appropriate. I loved it and am recommending it to good readers, upper elementary, early middle school who are looking for more but not a 500 page epic.
m.scheuer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book a little odd on first reading. At the beginning of the book, I thought that the kittens would become the main characters. But it turned out that the old cats Shredder and Khalia Koo were the main focus. The kittens remained mysteriously vague. The older, rougher cats were mesmerized by the kitten's innocence and playfulness - they survived because of their miraculous luck, while the older cats survived because of their tough wits. I'm not sure how much this will appeal...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but sad book!;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
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Awesome book!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ¿wesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¿ read it
Diana Anglada More than 1 year ago
ya nvr relly had seen this but idk. it looks ok.........idont know.....