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Cat in glass, and other tales of the unnatural
Etchemendy, Nancy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Cricket Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
182 pages ; 22 cm
The flat-brimmed hat -- Clotaire's balloon -- The lily and the weaver's heart -- Cat in glass -- Lunch at Etienne's -- The sailor's bargain -- The Tuckahoe -- Shore leave blacks.
Reading Level:
840 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.5 8.0 75341.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.1 14 Quiz: 33009 Guided reading level: NR.
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X Young Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Young Adult

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This gripping collection includes eight tales of the weird and otherworldly from the first two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award in the children's category--for Bigger Than Death in 1998 and for The Power of Un in 2000.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. The eight tales in this eerie collection aren't for the faint of heart. "Lunch at Etienne's" is narrated by a woman who doesn't seem to realize that she is surrounded by death. "Cat in Glass," about a mysterious, malevolent sculpted cat that commits gruesome murders, is told from the point of view of its frightened, bewildered owner. Then there's "The Sailor's Bargain," a captivating story about an orphan whose haunting dreams lead to stark revelation of another life, and "The Lily and the Weaver's Heart," in which one-eyed Jacinth dares to take her place in a world that has been cruel to her and undertakes a risky journey usually reserved for the able-bodied men of her culture. Not all the stories are as good as these, but in the best stories, Etchemendy competently manipulates suspense with interesting plots and unusual characters. These rather dark tales will appeal mostly to horror fans. --Anne O'Malley

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-These brief forays into horror, science fiction, fantasy, and mysticism are instantly engrossing without being gratuitously gross. The subject matter and language are sophisticated enough for adults but will grip adolescents every bit as firmly as stories by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. "Cat in Glass" conjures up nightmarish images of violence, insanity, and bloodshed; others, like "Shore Leave Blacks" and "The Lily and the Weaver's Heart," transport readers through time to plausible alternative realities and end on high notes. The author's tone and narrative style are fresh and unique. Of the eight page-turning tales, the most riveting is "Lunch at Etienne's," in which a sheltered society housewife retreats into a fragile state of denial at the onset of a horrifying postapocalyptic nuclear winter, refusing to accept that the friend she has just met for lunch is a corpse. Some selections include coarse language and disturbingly graphic descriptions, but Etchemendy uses them only when they truly contribute to plot progression or character development. While not for the faint of heart, these masterfully rendered, absorbing tales will be impossible for even reluctant readers to put down.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.