Monday, April 23, 2012
Book Review And Give-Away ! "Cat Girl's Day Off" By Kimberly Pauley
Jump back world! This is NOT your Mama's (or your Grandma's or your Aunt's) adventure/mystery book that features cats! There is a new generation of cat lovers and now there is a new book just for them!
Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley, is part of the new Tu Books imprint of
LEE & LOW BOOKS. (Tu publishes multicultural MG/YA science fiction and fantasy.)
What words would I use to describe this book? Hip. Fun. Crazy. Sensitive. Action-packed. Hilarious. Relevant. Cats. Of course there are cats!
Cat Girl's Day Off is a mix of fantasy, mystery, paranormal activities, keen insight as to the goings-on in the mind of a cat, adventure and excitement geared to readers who are in Grades Six and up.
Award-winning author, Kimberly Pauley
(Sucks to Be Me) has the main character (Nat Ng pronounced "ing") narrating in an intriguing, humorous, conversational, teenage-angst ridden style that will resonate with the mega-hip preteen/teenagers of today.
When I said the book is "hip" there is Nat (aka "Cat Girl") who has hair streaked with purple, bi-racial parents (she is half Asian and so many of her thoughts/comments were so funny I kept thinking of the Asian comedienne, Margaret Cho), there are numerous mentions of blogging, the Internet, texting, pop-culture, this book is NOW. It will resonate with the wise-beyond-their-years, Reality TV- watching, plugged-in, Internet savvy young people of today.
AND IT FEATURES CATS.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
"Nat Ng has always tried to keep her "talent" of being able to converse with cats a secret. But after Nat's friends maker her watch a viral Internet video, her secret talent suddenly catapults them to the forefront of a celebrity kidnapping mystery and a race against time through Ferris Bueller's Chicago. The only thing crazier than talking to cats may be what they have to say."
To read an exclusive interview with Nat Ng click here
Pauley is in touch with pre-teen/teen issues such as middle-child syndrome (speaking as one who happens to be a middle-child, I could completely relate!), teenage embarrassment, insecurity and feelings of being unnoticed that are ageless, they have tortured and plagued young people for decades.
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to. I found the conversational style and humor delightful. The suspense/action held my interest. It was a quick-read. Each chapter features a different quote pertaining to cats. I found the comments/conversations that Pauley had the cats saying throughout the book to be comments that reflected a true understanding of cat behavior and what they WOULD say if we could KNOW what they are really thinking.
I like reading books and watching TV shows/movies that center around the minds and activities of young people today. I love that I have many friends who are young. I think having a knowledge and understanding of their world helps to keep ME young mentally. It keeps me "hip" and "relevant." (at least I think so! You can stop laughing now). To have that world conveyed to me through a half Asian teenage girl, with purple streaked hair, who has sensitivity, insight, humor and sarcasm far beyond her years, AND who possesses the talent of being able to talk to cats, makes it that much more enjoyable!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Kimberly Pauley is the author of the award-winning
Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list. The sequel, Still Sucks to Be Me, appeared on theVOYA Best Science Fiction Fantasy list. Born in California, Pauley has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and their son. She wrote Cat Girl’s Day Off because she wanted to share with the world what cats really think. Visit her online at kimberlypauley.com
GIVE-AWAY!! U.S. ONLY (sorry!) To enter to win a copy of CAT GIRL'S DAY OFF by Kimberly Pauley you MUST leave a comment telling me, if your cat could NAME ITSELF, what would it's name be? (Comments that do not answer that question will not be eligible to win). DEADLINE TO ENTER: 11PM MONDAY, MAY 7th, WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH. GOOD LUCK!!
If you wish to purchase Cat Girl's Day Off click here
I was sent a preview copy of Cat Girl's Day Off to review and was offered a give-away for my readers. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.