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One-eyed cat
Fox, Paula.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [1984]

Physical Description:
216 pages ; 22 cm
An eleven-year-old shoots a stray cat with his new air rifle, subsequently suffers from guilt, and eventually assumes responsibility for it.
Reading Level:
1000 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 7.0 241.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.7 5 Quiz: 08690 Guided reading level: S.
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One night, Ned takes a shot at a shadow with his father's air rifle. When a one-eyed cat shows up in the area, Ned begins to suspect that his shot might have injured the animal. Guilt-ridden, Ned finally assumes responsibility for wounding the cat. A touching story of an eleven-year-old's struggle with his conscience. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

Author Notes

Paula Fox was born in Manhattan, New York on April 22, 1923. She briefly studied piano at the Juilliard School and spent 3 years at Columbia University but didn't graduate. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a salesgirl, a model, a worker in a rivet-sorting shop, a lathe operator at Bethlehem Steel, and a teacher of troubled children.

She wrote books for children and adults. Her children's books included Maurice's Room, Traces, Blowfish Live in the Sea, One-Eyed Cat, and The Eagle Kite. She received the Newbery Medal for The Slave Dancer in 1974 and the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her body of children's work in 1978. Her books for adults include Poor George, The Widow's Children, A Servant's Tale, and The God of Nightmares. Desperate Characters was adapted into a film starring Shirley MacLaine and Kenneth Mars. She also wrote two memoirs entitled Borrowed Finery and The Coldest Winter: A Stringer in Liberated Europe. She died on March 1, 2017 at the age of 93.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. After Ned Wallis plays with an air rifle, he realizes that he may be responsible for the injury of a wild cat that turns up in the woods near his house.