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.
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.
...a simply stunning debut...
...the story will resonate with with readers who have lost and animal friend.
...helps explain the feelings of loss, grief and loneliness...poignantly with great compassion.
...a deceptively powerful story about an elderly woman and her elderly cat...
...heartwarming and touching...
...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.