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The no place cat
Adler, C. S. (Carole S.)
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
153 pages ; 22 cm
Tired of the strict rules and annoying children at her father and stepmother's house, twelve-year-old Tess walks across Tucson to her mother's condo, stopping for the night at a state park where she is adopted by a very special cat.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 5.0 59392.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.4 9 Quiz: 43750.
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X Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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For a year, Tess has been trying to get used to her new stepfamily, but it just isn't working. When a school project that she labored over is accidentally destroyed by her stepsister, and her dad and stepmom don't seem to care at all, Tess has finally had it. She decides to run away and go live with her mom on the other side of Tucson. On the long walk there she acquires an unexpected companion: a gray-striped cat that follows her along the desert road. But nothing goes as planned after Tess and the cat finally reach Mom's condo. Her mother seems more concerned with herself than with Tess, and she has a definite aversion to cats. Luckily for Tess, her new feline companion proves to be a reassuring presence as she struggles to face some difficult truths about herself and her family.
In this moving and realistic story, the unconditional love of an animal helps to heal a wounded teen.

Author Notes

C. S. Adler is the author of many novels for young readers, including the recent One Unhappy Horse and Winning. She lives on Cape Cod and in Arizona.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-With a new stepmother, three little kids, lots of rules, and a father who never seems to be on her side, Tess feels like an outsider who cannot do anything right. When stepsister Annie ruins the project that she spent hours working on, the 12-year-old sets out on a long trek across Tucson for her mother's condo. The journey on foot is arduous, and the Arizona sun beats down mercilessly. Spending the night in a state park, she meets a stray cat that becomes her companion. When she arrives at her mother's home, Tess soon discovers that what may seem perfect from afar is very different up close. The wild, carefree woman is rarely home, and between boyfriends and business trips she has little time for parenting. In the end, Tess's father's persistence in wanting her back and her stepmother's dedication to helping her find the cat after it runs away make her take a second look at what she was running away from. This is an engaging story about what happens when families change and how too much freedom can make a child feel lonely.-Genevieve Gallagher, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.