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Ghost Cat

by Mark Abley, illustrated by Karen Reczuch

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Description

Miss Wilkinson lives with her beloved cat Tommy Douglas, whose eyes glow with brilliant orange fire. Her life is busy and active, and Tommy Douglas's companionship fills her with joy.

But Tommy Douglas is seventeen, and eventually he becomes ill and dies in Miss Wilkinson's arms. She buries him in the garden and plants a rose bush on his grave. She tries to go on with her life, but her grief and loneliness drain the pleasure from her activities.

Then one night, when she has reached a very low point, Tommy Douglas makes himself known to her. Ghost Cat is a tender and moving story of love and resilience.

About the Authors

Mark Abley

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Karen Reczuch has illustrated many award-winning children’s books. Her recent works include Turtle Pond by James Gladstone and West Coast Wild by Deborah Hodge, which won the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. She has also illustrated The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General’s Award finalist; Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize. Karen’s work includes scientific, historical and archaeological illustration, and has been exhibited internationally. Karen lives in Lake Country, BC.

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Contributor Notes

Mark Abley is well known as a journalist, editor, poet and travel writer. His books for adults include Beyond Forget: Rediscovering the Prairies, Glasburyon and Stories From the Ice Storm. Ghost Cat is his first book for children. Mark lives in Pointe Claire, Quebec, with his wife, two daughters and two cats.Karen Reczuch has illustrated many children's books, including The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General's Award Finalist, Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, which was shortlisted for the IODE (National Chapter) Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, The Story of Life on Earth, which was shortlisted for the Science in Society Children's Book Award and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize for illustrated children's literature. She lives in Acton, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 5
Grade:
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
Awards
  • Winner, CNIB's Tiny TORGI Award
Editorial Reviews

...a simply stunning debut...

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

...the story will resonate with with readers who have lost and animal friend.

— Horn Book

...helps explain the feelings of loss, grief and loneliness...poignantly with great compassion.

— Resource Links

...a deceptively powerful story about an elderly woman and her elderly cat...

— Globe and Mail

...heartwarming and touching...

— School Library Journal

Highly recommended.

— CM Magazine

...Ghost Cat is an inspiring story that will help both children and adults deal with the loss of a loved one, whether animal or human.

— Montreal Review of Books

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