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Children's Fiction Cats


by (author) Virginia Frances Schwartz

illustrated by Christina Leist

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2012
Cats, Squirrels, Friendship
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2012
    List Price

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Narrated by a fat half-Persian, half-alley cat called Amos, this very funny chapter book will delight young readers. When an injured baby squirrel moves into Amos's already crowded household, everything turns topsy-turvy.

About the authors

Virginia Frances Schwartz is the author of a number of historical books for older readers, including Initiation, Send One Angel Down, and If I Just Had Two Wings, winner of the Silver Birch Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. She lives in New York City.

Virginia Frances Schwartz's profile page

CHRISTINA LEIST is a Vancouver-based children’s illustrator, writer and book designer. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden with a Bachelor (Honours) in Communications Design, she worked as an Art Director for several international advertising agencies. Her books featuring imaginative worlds for the young have received several award nominations and great recognition.


Christina Leist's profile page


  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award nominee

Editorial Reviews

"Amusing, quirky pen-and-ink illustrations offer a cat's-eye view of Amos' life...with an appropriately feel-good ending, sure to please feline fanciers."

Kirkus Reviews

"Highly recommended for ages eight to 11."

The Star Phoenix

"An interesting read-aloud for the younger set and a chapter book for more competent readers...Could be used to open discussions about accepting and accomodating change within a family."

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"Child-like drawings combined with furry humour create a fun read."

Calgary Herald

"Episodic, humor-filled chapters...will make this a popular read-aloud. Leist's numerous black-line cartoons help to maintain interest and break up the text for younger readers."


"Children who like animal stories will likely find this a pleasurable read."

CM Magazine

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