cover image Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats

Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats

Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Del Rey, $26 (224p) ISBN 978-0-345-51378-6

McCaffrey and Scarborough follow January 2010's Catalyst with another light space adventure featuring super-smart cats. The barque cats, mistaken for a public health hazard, flee Earth for the feline-dominated planet, Mau, with the help of Pshaw-Ra, a mysterious cat with his own spaceship. Oddly, no one—including the humans—is bothered that he plans to take over the universe on behalf of felinekind. Chester and his 10-year-old human friend Jubal are likable young heroes who make a good foil to the charismatic, shadowy Pshaw-Ra. Readers of all ages will be entertained as the barque cats explore strange new worlds and save the day. (Jan.)