White Cat by Holly Black
(Curse Workers, Book 1)

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Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty—he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen.
 

About Holly Black

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Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.
 
Published April 15, 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 324 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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The world is casually revealed through Cassel’s engaging, genuinely teenage voice, and what a world: Just like ours, except magic is common and conveyed through touch (everyone wears gloves), and instead of debating healthcare, there’s a growing political movement to legalize “cursework” so that ...

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Examiner

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, all by the slightest touch of their hands.

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The Bookbag

And Cassel is thrust back into his family's world of curses and memory manipulation, of grifting and cons, of violence and ruthless ambition.

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Tor

As is typical of Black’s novels, the heroes are scofflaws and con artists, people living on the margins of polite society and bearing little respect for it, and the narrative is true to their perspective in that it is far more interested in nuanced questions of good and evil—and the problem of se...

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Teen Reads

Most curse workers are luck workers.

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Common Sense Media

The story focases on a murder, and people are filled with guilt.

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Common Sense Media

Here, she offers a story of love, betrayal, and trust, and readers will feel both anxiety and empathy for characters who are taken advantage of.

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Spirituality & Practice

Emir Kusturica's last outing was Underground, an epic fictionalization of 50 years of Balkan war and upheaval.

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BookRack

Following Cassel through the hurdles provided a really good read, and towards the end you’d think everything would go well.

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Time Out New York

This Yugoslavian saga about two gypsy patriarchs and their unruly families is staged as a kitsch comedy in the Fellini vein.

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Strange Horizons

This vague handwaving response to the novel's history is most evident when Mrs Wasserman, mother of one of Cassel's friends and a campaigner for workers' rights, gives Cassel a thumbnail history of the oppression of magic workers which seems rather more for the reader's benefit than for his.

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Shelf Awareness

Never mind that curse work has been forbidden since 1929, and the governor of New Jersey is championing a proposition for compulsory testing of all citizens to see if they are workers (to remain strictly confidential, of course).

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New York Public Library

Cassel knows that being a con artist means thinking that you’re smarter than everyone else and that you’ve thought of everything.

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The Zone

Black suggests that a similar situation holds in the case of Cassel as, while Cassel is revealed to not be the person he thought it was, there is a substantial question mark hanging over the question of whether the vicious and merciless Cassel who appears at the end of the novel is any more '...

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SBY Teens

With curse working illegal, most workers have gone underground, opting to work for mobsters and crime families for the protection they can offer.

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