Saturday, October 24, 2015
‘The Sign of the Cat’ by Lynne Jonell
Duncan’s cat Grizel taught him to speak Cat, but this too must stay a secret.
About his father, Duncan only knows what little his mother has told him: that he once owned a boat but he was not a fisherman, and was an excellent swordsman. To be near his father, Duncan can only visit a grave that his mother says is his.
A tom cat who travels with supply ships to other islands in the kingdom, warns that kittens are going missing. But the local cats’ council dismisses his warning as the latest among many other unfounded concerns.
Duncan’s efforts to help a mother cat find her missing kitten, Fia, leads him to the wharf and from there, aboard a ship with Fia a concealed stowaway.
Duncan discovers that the ship’s commander, the Earl of Merrick, is killing and eating kittens — but for what purpose? And what do the Earl’s plans portend for Arvidia, whose heir, the Princess Lydia, is missing through the supposed treachery of one of the king’s closest advisers?
The Sign of the Cat by Lynne Jonell (Henry Holt and Company, 2015) is an October 2015 selection of the Junior Library Guild. I picked up this book for its emphasis on cats, and its combination of intrigue and seafaring adventure kept my interest from start to finish.
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal