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Title:
Meow means mischief
Author:
Nagda, Ann Whitehead, 1945-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
92 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
A stray kitten turns out to be the perfect way to help Rana make friends in her new school and to feel more comfortable with her grandparents, who are visiting from India while her parents are away.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
500 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 2.0 71855.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 2.7 5 Quiz: 36386 Guided reading level: M.
ISBN:
9780823417865
Format :
Book

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A stray kitten turns out to be the perfect way to help Rana make friends in her new school and to feel more comfortable with her grandparents, who are visiting from India while her parents are away. A companion to DEAR WHISKERS.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. This companion to Dear Whiskers (2000) focuses on Rana and her family, who have just moved to town and are still getting settled. Mom and Dad have planned a trip, and Dad's parents are coming from India to baby-sit. Rana dislikes her grandmother's foreign ways and spicy cooking, and her newly adopted kitten with a penchant for pouncing on countertops and licking food doesn't improve their relationship. Finally, friends from school (including Jenny from the first book) give Rana advice on training her pet, and Grandma's appreciation helps to heal the rift. Nagda clearly understands the problems and concerns of middle-grade children, and her situations and upbeat solutions ring true. Young readers will enjoy the humor, especially the image of a sari-clad Grandma packing a water pistol to keep Rana's kitten in line. A secondary theme, involving Rana's feelings about being biracial, is also well handled, and Nagda wisely keeps it from dominating the story. A solid choice for beginning chapter-book readers or as a primary-grade read aloud. --Kay Weisman Copyright 2003 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Rana describes her move to a new neighborhood, the arrival of her not-so-favorite grandparents from India, and her adoption of a stray kitten. Mishaps abound but are resolved with sensitivity and humor, and the girl is rewarded with friends and a better understanding of family members. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.