Anna and the Cat Lady

Barbara M. Joosse, Author, Gretchen Will Mayo, Illustrator, Gretchen Will Mayo, Photographer
Barbara M. Joosse, Author, Gretchen Will Mayo, Illustrator, Gretchen Will Mayo, Photographer HarperCollins Publishers $14 (170p) ISBN 978-0-06-020242-2
Hardcover - 170 pages - 978-0-06-020243-9
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Believable dialogue and thoroughly engaging characters distinguish this second book to star Joosse's outspoken nine-year-old. Here, the heroine of Anna, the One and Only strikes up a friendship with Mrs. Sarafiny, a neighbor who walks her six cats on leashes and wears a hat crocheted from bread wrappers. When Anna and her best friend, Bethie, get into trouble while exploring a vacant house, Mrs. Sarafiny comes to their aid. She is also there to help out when Anna needs to find a home for a stray kitten. As it becomes obvious that the woman--who is convinced that Martians are stalking her home--is growing increasingly daft, the two girls come to her rescue. Joosse sprinkles this tender story about the rewards--and responsibilities--of friendship with some genuinely funny incidents. Ages 8-12. (Feb.)
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