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Cat Master, The [Hardcover]

Bonnie Pemberton

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Book Description

April 1 2007

Two feline brothers fight to become the ruler of their species

Tension is growing between the Ferals and Indoors, and the old Cat Master, spiritual leader of all felines, is dying. Time is running out, and he must choose a successor that will rule wisely and keep peace among their kind. Of all his descendents there are only two brother that are qualified: Jett, the powerful, ambitious Feral who has survived the perils of the alley, and quiet, complacent Buddy, who was rescued by a human and now lives the pampered life of an Indoor. With his last breath, the old cat decides. He alerts Buddy through mind-talk. "Rise from the alley, my son," he commands. "Of all my blood, you are The Chosen." But his message is intercepted telepathically, and Darkness suddenly reigns in the cat world. Driven by jealousy and desperation, brother is pitted against brother in the fight to rule their species . . . a struggle that will confront Buddy's deepest fears and threaten the lives of those he loves most. Against a backdrop of dangerous alleyways and a scorching Texas summer, Buddy discovers the power of friendship, the lure of evil, ant the knowledge that no peace can come without sacrifice.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 1 edition (April 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761453407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761453406
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,495,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–9—On a bright Texas night, the elderly and infirm Cat Master, the spiritual leader of all cats, tries to contact his successor, Buddy, through mind speak. Unfortunately, his message is telepathically intercepted by would-be usurper Jett. A chain of events is set in motion that causes Buddy to leave his pampered life Indoors to return to the Outs and a feral lifestyle, in order to claim his birthright. This story is as old as Cain and Abel, and Pemberton has borrowed heavily from a tradition of stock characters and predictable situations. There are the annoyingly naive kittens, Zekki and Pris, who can't see danger while it's holding the door open for them, and the evil Jett, who's every dastardly deed cues maniacal laughter. There is an overuse of capital letters to indicate everything from The Law that dictates all areas of feline behavior to The Boy, left behind by Buddy, Zekki, and Pris while they fulfill their destinies. Fortunately, a strong cast of supporting characters covers a multitude of melodramatic sins and keeps the action moving to an ultimately satisfying conclusion. The use of swearing in a few situations seems unnecessary. The Cat Master should find an audience with readers waiting for the latest entry in Erin Hunter's "Warriors" series (HarperCollins).—Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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From Booklist

As he lies dying, the old Cat Master, spiritual leader of all felines, notifies his chosen successor telepathically, but the evil Jett intercepts and scrambles the message. Indoor-cat Buddy, a former Feral and the message's intended recipient, is left confused. In a bid to become Cat Master himself, Jett stalks his unwitting rival, forcing Buddy back outside after harming those close to him. As the magnitude of Buddy's quest slowly becomes clear, and with the help of four other cats, two dogs, a lizard, a possum, and a mockingbird, the brave feline works to turn the tables on Jett. The characterizations of the various animals are well limned, combining their sentience with realistic behaviors typical of the various species. The suspense is palpable, and, a few minor inconsistencies notwithstanding, this first novel will appeal to fans of animal fantasies along the lines of Erin Hunter's Warrior series, which began with Into the Wild (2002). Estes, Sally

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully Done April 11 2007
By Denise McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Ms. Pemberton has a wonderfully unique story and such a knack for weaving a fanciful tale from a perspective you may never have considered before. You'll fall in love with her four legged characters--be it feline, canine or reptilian. An entertaining story from the beginning to the end and twelve to one hundred and twelve will enjoy this book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to be a classic May 2 2007
By S. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
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As a cat-lover, I dove into this book expecting a pleasant afternoon's escape read--something to while away a few idle moments. Little did I expect to be caught up in a mythic battle that kept me on the edge of my seat. Battle lines are drawn; good and evil clash; but the black and white turn to shades of grey. Pemberton creates full rich characters which rise above the stereotypes of hero and villain. Her four legged characters become real on the page and make the reader care about them and their lives.

I disagree with the age category listed with the book. I am recommending this book to all my adult friends--cat-lovers or not--as one they will enjoy rereading many times.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children April 16 2007
By Barbara Fryrear - Published on Amazon.com
Nine-to ninety-year-olds will find these characters and their adventure together enchanting, and the publisher has created a handsome volume. I'm ordering copies for my favorite adult friends, my children, and my grandchildren. And one of my great-grandchildren. I'm not telling the others because they can't read yet. All of them will love Buddy the Cat, Orrie, the lizard with an attitude, the possum with the insatiable appetite, and the rest of these unique creatures, created by a writer who, it is obvious, truly loves animals.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a good read . . . July 31 2007
By Sharon Rowe - Published on Amazon.com
I can literally spend hours searching for a good book. Sometimes I get lucky. The Cat Master is a fantastic read. Every page is filled with adventure, witty dialogue, humor, pathos ~ and all from the animals' perspective. The conflict rests inside Buddy, the main character who must fight the desire to remain an 'indoor' or seek his rightful place 'outdoor' in the animal world. New author Bonnie Pemberton has created a menagerie of quirky, funny characters, including Orie a lizard who believes himself to be far bigger and better than his small stature represents. I highly recommend this wonderful hero's journey for young and old, a story of good vs. evil, love and loss, failures and triumphs. Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare prose that jump off the page June 16 2007
By S. Lee Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Descriptions so real and imaginative they inspire this page turning novel for cat lovers and non cat lovers alike because of their crisp fluidity. Wonderful chapters leave you hanging on by a claw. This story is a fun ride for people of all ages. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing for a fun summer read. It has excellent word choices that will keep YA readers interested until the end. There is just enough spice to lure in the YA readers who may be reluctant to engage in a fantasy type novel. I would recommend this book to my high school students as well as my friends and family. I loved it.

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