Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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An award-winning, thoughtful, and moving glimpse into life during the Depression
Cat is the fastest kid at her school—and with Play Day is coming up soon, she will be able to show off her speed to everybody. Unfortunately, her old-fashioned father forbids her to wear pants, even while playing sports. So Cat refuses to race, and Zane, an Okie boy whose family works on a nearby farm, wins. Cat is furious that Zane is so fast, and angry that he was able to beat all the sixth-grade boys, even in his bare feet. Though Cat hates Zane at the start, soon the two become friends. They are the school’s best runners, after all. But while Cat’s family is doing well, Zane’s family has lost everything in the Depression. All Cat can offer Zane’s family is sympathy and friendship . . . until Zane’s sister gets pneumonia and Cat and Zane are forced into a race for the little girl’s life. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
 

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder was born in 1927 and raised in California. She attended Whittier College in Southern California. While ultimately planning to be a writer, after graduation Snyder decided to teach school temporarily. But she found teaching to be an extremely rewarding experience and taught in the upper elementary grades for a total of nine years, three of them as a master teacher for the University of California at Berkeley. After all of her children were in school, Snyder began to think of writing again, and her first book, Season of Ponies, was published in 1964. Snyder's three Newbery Honor books are: The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid,and The Witches Of Worm. Other award winning books are The Trespassers, an American Bookseller Pick of the List and Cat Running, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and winner of the 1995 John and Patricia Beatty Award.
 
Published December 4, 2012 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 137 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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instead, the troubled, neglected sixth-grader makes a secret refuge in a cave, furnishing it with Ellen's old playhouse and a beautiful doll, surplus from Father's store, given Cat long after she had outgrown dolls.

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Play Day is approaching, but Cat Kinsey, the fastest runner at school, won't be participating in the races because her old-fashioned, bull-headed father won't allow her to wear pants even while playin

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Play Day is approaching, but Cat Kinsey, the fastest runner at school, won't be participating in the races because her old-fashioned, bull-headed father won't allow her to wear pants even while playing sports.

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