Cover image for Claws
Title:
Claws
Author:
Grinti, Mike.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Chicken House, [2012]

©2012
Physical Description:
249 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Twelve-year-old Emma Vu, having just moved into a trailer park inhabited by magical beings known collectively as crags, begins learning cat magic in hopes of finding her missing sister, Helena.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
620 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 8.0 153625.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 3.5 14 Quiz: 58342.
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ISBN:
9780545433136

9780545508711
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Some magic cuts deep...

Emma's sister is missing. Her parents have lost everything trying to find her. And now the family must live in a trailer park that's home to down-and-out harpies, hags, trolls... and a one-eyed, smooth-talking cat. Jack becomes Emma's best-her only-friend. Imagine Emma's surprise when she discovers that she, too, has cat magic; that she has claws!

She's going to need them to make her way through the enchanted forest. Because somewhere in there is her sister. To rescue her, Emma must face powerful faeries in their lair. Is her cat magic strong enough to best them? Is she brave enough for the fight? How can she know what's real in this fantasy world? Hardest of all, how will Emma decide between her sister's happiness and her own?

A contemporary fairytale as irresistible as catnip.


Author Notes

Mike and Rachel Grinti live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mike was born in Russia, and moved to the United States with his family when he was a child. The Hobbit , borrowed from the library, got him hooked on reading. Rachel grew up in Pittsburgh, where she now works as a children's librarian. Claws is their first book.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Forced by hard times to move with her Vietnamese parents to a bad neighborhood a trailer park on the edge of the magic forest occupied by hags, dwarfs, dryads, and other downtrodden scags young Emma Vu finds herself leading a crew of unlikely allies on a search for her missing older sister, Helena, after a one-eyed talking cat bestows her with magical powers. The Grintis endow this semiserious debut tale with both a motley pride of authentically blase stray cats and a menagerie of enjoyably creepy creatures from ratters (a sort of cross between oversize rats and reference librarians) to a set of blind, glamour-wielding faeries who enthrall children to be their eyes and, as it turns out, are the villains of the piece. The climactic rescue follows a nervous interview with a child-eating hag, visits to a wild faerie nightclub, and treks through not one but two spooky magic forests. Readers will happily accompany Emma on her quest and look forward to seeing what uses she will make of her burgeoning magical powers in future episodes.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-A rather alluring cover featuring a black cat silhouetted against a full moon pulls readers into a novel that proves to be an uneasy amalgam of genres: gothic, fantasy, dystopia, and teen rebellion. Emma's older sister has vanished, and her parents have depleted their finances in an attempt to find her. The family moves to a dilapidated trailer park at the edge of a magical forest, but they inhabit a world in which magic is frowned upon rather than celebrated. In fact, Emma is expelled from school when she reveals the claws she's developed since befriending a talking cat that hangs around their trailer. The feline has convinced Emma to swallow a pulsing marble-size object that will give her control over a pride of cats, and it clearly gives her other catlike attributes as well. What is not clear is who is controlling whom as she searches for Helena in a world filled with duplicity and illusion. The Grintis take on an overabundance of material in their debut novel, and the result leaves readers feeling that most of it is unexplored or insufficiently conceived. Emma's family is Vietnamese American, but there is no sense of whether this has shaped her life, so why mention it? What has caused the rift between the hags, elves, faeries, and other magical beings and the rest of society? Chapter headings from "CragWiki.org" range from mention of "the Salem Cat Trials of 1912" to dismissive statements such as "All books of magic sold on eBay are fakes." Does this world believe in magic, try to ignore it, or persecute it? It's all a messy mystery.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

From Claws Emma looked around the dusty trailer. She wasn't sure whether to trust anything the cat said--for all she knew, he was friends with the hag and the snake-man--but who would live here if they didn't have to? "Couldn't you turn yourself into something so they couldn't find you? Cats do that sort of thing, don't they?" she asked. "Other cats do, sometimes. But unfortunately I'm one of the rare cats without a pride. I had one once, years ago, far from here. No pride, no magic. My attempts to correct this have only caused me trouble, though..." He eyed Emma and began to lazily tear at the curtains with one claw. "Though I think an opportunity might present itself soon enough." Emma sat back down on the box. "I'm sorry you lost your pride and your magic and stuff. I lost someone, too. My sister." "Oh, please. We're talking about cat magic, the most powerful magic in the world. What good is a sister?" Excerpted from Claws by Mike Grinti, Rachel Grinti All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.