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The Curious Misadventures of Kitty The Cat

A Novel

by (author) Marie-Renee Lavoie

translated by Arielle Aaronson

Great Plains Publications
Initial publish date
May 2023
Recommended Reading age
10 to 17
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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The Curious Adventures of Kitty the Cat is a hilarious story of a cat who dies often and never grows up. After wandering away from his mom and sibling, he's found in the forest by a little girl and moves with her into the city, where he finds adventure and makes new friends: Premache, the big cat of the alley; the spiders of the special arachno-intervention unit; Billy, the nice neighbour; and the parents of the little girl. The cat will eventually learn that his mother still lives in St. Hilarion, and that he had better learn to speak gull if he wants to find her.

From award-winning Quebec author Maire-Renee Lavoie, this is an essential novel for anyone who loves or has loved a cat.

About the authors

MARIE-RENÉE LAVOIE was born in 1974 in Limoilou, near Quebec City. She is the author of four novels, including Mister Roger and Me, which won ICI Radio-Canada’s “Battle of the Books” — the Quebec equivalent of “Canada Reads” — and the Archambault Prize, and Autopsy of a Boring Wife, which was a finalist for the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award and longlisted for CBC Canada Reads. It was also a Hoopla Book Club selection and a CBC Best Book of the Year, and is currently being developed for television. She lives in Montreal, where she teaches literature at Maisonneuve College.


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ARIELLE AARONSON left her native New Jersey in 2007 to pursue a diploma in Translation Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She holds an M.A. in Second Language Education from McGill University and has spent the past few years teaching English in the Montreal public school system and creating educational material for second language learners. She previously translated Marie-Renée Lavoie’s Autopsy of a Boring Wife and A Boring Wife Settles the Score for Arachnide.


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Editorial Reviews

"An incredible story imagined by author Marie-Renee Lavoie that is really out of the ordinary, but really out of the ordinary! A little novel full of humour and fantasy, which is good for morale and makes everyone want to have a cat, even those who normally prefer dogs! A must read!" - Le Journal de Montreal "We laugh a lot when reading this first-person account of Lil Kitty. These misadventures that end well, told at the height of little paws, are delivered in a lively language, loaded with a lot of funny metaphors and set with cultural references that will make grown-ups smile." - Le Devoir "We know Lavoie for her novels for adults. Here she offers us a cute text that will capture and maintain the interest of readers. A refreshing read that features a tiny, endearing and courageous kitty." - La Presse "Very successful for a first novel for young people!" - Lurelu "With derision and intelligence, Marie-Renee Lavoie plunges us into the universe of a tiny cat, on whom adventures keep failing! Illustrated by the author, this novel will make you fall in love." - Les libraires

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