The Cats of Roxville Station

By George, Jean Craighead

Publishers Summary:
Rachet was thrown into a river to drown. But she claws up the riverbank and finds a home with the feral cats living by the Roxville train station. Amid foxes, raccoons, owls, and hostile humans, the cats fight for territory, hunt, and are hunted. Mike, a foster child, lives near the station. He spots Rachet and sets his heart on befriending her. But Mike must learn to “speak” the language of cats to gain wily Rachet’s trust. This gorgeous novel from two-time Newbery medalist Jean Craighead George offers insight into feline behavior as it explores the wonder of friendship and the natural world hiding among us.

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ISBN
978-0-52542-140-5
Publisher
Dutton


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

Gr 4-8 A cat survives a drowning attempt and makes her new home among a community of feral cats. Rachet also joins the wider natural community of foxes, raccoons, skunks, and owls; yet, her every thought, every move, is in line with natural feline behavior. Even Mike, the orphan boy who names Rachet and would love to adopt her, is characterized without sentimentality. He identifies with the ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2009

Abused and abandoned, a young tabby cat adapts to the feral cat community of suburban Roxville Station—and slowly, cautiously bonds with an orphan boy whose foster mother plumb hates cats. The resolution? Ratchet, after clawing her way to top-cat rank at the station, also responds to her domestic-cat promptings by becoming Mike's "outside pet." Meanwhile, in George's practiced way, the various c...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Abandoned feline Rachet adapts to the feral cats of Roxville Station--and cautiously bonds with Mike, an orphan boy. After cla...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on August 1, 2009

In The Cats of Roxville Station, nature writer Jean Craighead George respectfully captures the subtleties of cat behavior and intersperses her story with facts about cat psychology. “Rachet backed up. Queenella came on, tail twitching, head tilted, watching her. Rachet knew cat ‘war’ talk, though she had never seen it before in her six months of life. It was born in her.” The reader...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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