The Grand Escape by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Marco and Polo might have been content to stay house cats forever. But Marco has read all about ranches and decides he must find one, while Polo longs to find the mother he barely remembers. And then Mr. Neal leaves the side door open by mistake! Now, after their Grand Escape to the outside world, their lives are full of challenges and opportunities they never imagined. Their search for food and a dry place to sleep leads them to Texas Jake, the ornery cat-leader of the Club of Mysteries. With the help of Carlotta, a friendly and resourceful she-cat, Marco and Polo try to earn admission into the club. Before they can join, however, they must solve three dangerous mysteries. Facing Bertram the Bad (every cat's nightmare) is only the beginning...

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor PHYLLIS REYNOLDS NAYLOR is the author of more than seventy books, including Beetles, Lightly Toasted; Bernie and the Bessledorf Ghost; One of the Third Grade Thonkers; the "Alice" books (The Agony of Alice, Alice in Rapture, Sort Of, and Reluctantly Alice); and Shiloh (all published by Atheneum). She is currently being held captive in Bethesda, Maryland, along with her husband, by two twelve- pound cats, one of which eats grass like a lawn mower if given the chance and once devoured twelve yards of Christmas ribbon. The other cat sits on the back of Mrs. Naylor's chair while she writes and peers over her shoulder. When displeased, the second cat does its business on the stairs. Occasionally Mrs. Naylor makes her escape and travels about the country on Amtrak, where she cannot be reached by phone.
Published October 1, 1994 by Perfection Learning. 144 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They've always been indoor cats, but a taste of freedom sets Marco (indolent but smart--he can read) to scheming;

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Once outside, the intrepid felines discover the joys of a Burger King dumpster and make the acquaintance of the winsome cat Carlotta and the territorial tom known as Texas Jake, ``The King, The Boss, The Cat Supreme.'' This sunny and boisterous novel is not an allegory in the style of Watership D...

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