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Cat's Cradle: The Golden Twine

by (author) Jo Rioux

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Initial publish date
Jun 2022
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Jo Rioux (illustrator of M. T. Anderson's highly acclaimed The Daughters of Ys) makes her debut as a writer-illustrator in this fantasy-adventure graphic novel trilogy!
Suri loves monsters—studying their lore, telling stories about them (for a fee), and—she hopes—one day taming them. Unfortunately, no one takes an orphan street-urchin who travels with a merchant camp very seriously. But Suri’s self-confidence, cleverness, and ambition serve her well when a mysterious new wagon joins her camp—holding something very big, very loud, and very monstrous.
And that’s before Suri runs afoul of a treacherous family with its own beastly secret—and a prince hunting the greatest monster of all.

About the author

Jo Rioux was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. An artist from an early age, she was eventually drawn to children’s books, illustrating Swordquest for HarperCollins and the graphic novel series A Sam and Friends Mystery for Kids Can Press. Her love for the comic medium spurred her to author her first graphic novel series, Cat’s Cradle. She lives in the lush suburbs of her hometown, where, when not working at her drawing desk, she can be found nestled within a pile of books.

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Editorial Reviews

"Excitingly depicted in lively artwork, which melts into dusky teals and purples overlaid with amber whenever firelight illuminates a scene...Its blend of fantasy, adventure, and humor is just right for the Amulet crowd." —Booklist
"A captivating series start that will have readers clamoring for more."—Kirkus
"Jo has created a vibrant world full of magic and danger and cherry doughnuts. It’s a world I’d like to live in, even with the monsters.” —Ben Hatke, author of Zita the Spacegirl and Mighty Jack
"At times vividly hair-raising, the book never overwhelms the reader, making it a worthy entry in the too-small category of scary fun for middle grade readers... Thanks to Rioux’s crackerjack pace and dramatic panel composition, The Golden Twine is hard to put down."—New York Times
"Cat’s Cradle: The Golden Twine is a brilliantly crafted adventure brimming with lively, lovable characters and
intriguing mysteries that beg to be unraveled." —Matt Rockefeller, artist on the 5 Worlds series
"Adventure abounds in this first book in an exciting new graphic novel middle grade trilogy... Fantasy fans will love Joy Rioux’s debut middle grade graphic novel as author-illustrator.”—Book Riot

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