Varjak Paw by SF Said

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Mesopotamian Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. But Varjak is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With help from his mystical ancestor, Jalal, Varjak manages to overcome challenges such as self-survival and a threat from the gangland cats, and he ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets behind the Vanishings. But can he save his own family from their fate?

With wonderful integrated illustrations from acclaimed comic book artist Dave McKean, this book will appeal to all ages.

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About SF Said

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SF Said is one of Britain's best young writers.Dave McKean, world-renowned graphic illustrator, illustrated Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
Published April 25, 2009 by Yearling. 258 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Varjak tries to defy Sally on behalf of the Free Cats, to find that even the Way is not sufficient against her malevolent powers—while his dreams of his ancestor Jalal promise “something more powerful than fighting.” The tone here is more subtly surreal than the baroque conclusion of the first bo...

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The threat from a sinister Gentleman and his uncanny black cats inspires Varjak to emulate his mythic ancestor Jalal Paw and escape their cloistered life, but not before hearing tantalizing hints about “the Way,” the all-but-forgotten martial discipline of his breed.

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Varjak Paw by SF Said 259pp, David Fickling Books, £10.99 The Paws are an extended family of Mesopotamian Blue cats, who live in the house of an old contessa.

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"The author follows mythic archetypes in this densely plotted cat story, illustrated in chilling, sinuous pen-and-ink images by McKean," said PW 's starred review.

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