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Leonard (My Life as a Cat)



by
Carlie Sorosiak

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Walker Books US
ISBN
9781536207705
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He’s not a stray house cat, he’s an immortal being. And now he must choose whether to return to his planet or remain with his new human friend in a humorous, heart-tugging story from the author of I, Cosmo.

The cat that Olive rescues from a flood has a secret: he’s not really a cat at all, but an alien who crashed to Earth on a beam of light. The cat, whom Olive names Leonard, was prepared to visit the planet as a human—but something went wrong. Now Leonard may never know what it’s like to hold an umbrella, go bowling, or host a dinner party. (And his human jokes still need some work: Knock, knock. Who’s there? Just Leonard. It is me.) While Olive worries about whether she will have to move after her mom and her new boyfriend get back from their summer vacation, Leonard tries to figure out how to get from South Carolina to Yellowstone National Park, because if he’s not there at the end of the month, he’ll miss his ride home. But as Olive teaches Leonard about the beautiful and confusing world of humans, he starts to realize how much he cares about this particular one. A sweet and dryly funny story about what it means to be human—and what it means to be home.

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Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8 3/5" x 5 4/5"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Science Fiction

Topics

Cats. Human-alien encounters. Extraterrestrial beings. Science fiction. Grandmothers and granddaughters. Families. Voyages and travels. Friendship. Yellowstone National Park. South Carolina.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–On a helium planet far, far away, an unembodied species has the opportunity, on their 300th birthday, to travel to Earth and experience life as a human—at least, that’s the plan. Our hero has decided he wants to be a park ranger in Yellowstone, but getting distracted while traveling via energy beam causes him to end up as a cat, rescued from a tropical storm in South Carolina by Olive, who names him Leonard. Problem is, at the end of his 30-day window, he’ll need to be blown out of the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone, or he’ll be stuck on Earth forever, and no longer immortal. As the days pass, Leonard comes to learn the joys of having a body (even if he does hack up a fur ball) and, even more, of love. His obligation to meet up with his own kind at Yellowstone, and the challenges of making the nearly 2,000-mile trip, grows more daunting every day. It’s only when Leonard enlists the help of Olive and her family that things finally begin to make sense. While this charming story exists in the realm of science fiction, it is more an animal story than anything else, and perfect to hand to young cat lovers. Leonard’s surprise at, and observations of, life in a cat’s body is spot-on and frequently very funny. His authentic, deepening relationship with Olive—who has been told that she’s “weird” because she loves to talk about animals—allows her to stand up and make her voice heard at an important juncture in her life. ­VERDICT Purchase where eccentric, humorous ­animal stories are popular.–Elizabeth Friend, Wester M.S., TX

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–On a helium planet far, far away, an unembodied species has the opportunity, on their 300th birthday, to travel to Earth and experience life as a human—at least, that’s the plan. Our hero has decided he wants to be a park ranger in Yellowstone, but getting distracted while traveling via energy beam causes him to end up as a cat, rescued from a tropical storm in South Carolina by Olive, who names him Leonard. Problem is, at the end of his 30-day window, he’ll need to be blown out of the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone, or he’ll be stuck on Earth forever, and no longer immortal. As the days pass, Leonard comes to learn the joys of having a body (even if he does hack up a fur ball) and, even more, of love. His obligation to meet up with his own kind at Yellowstone, and the challenges of making the nearly 2,000-mile trip, grows more daunting every day. It’s only when Leonard enlists the help of Olive and her family that things finally begin to make sense. While this charming story exists in the realm of science fiction, it is more an animal story than anything else, and perfect to hand to young cat lovers. Leonard’s surprise at, and observations of, life in a cat’s body is spot-on and frequently very funny. His authentic, deepening relationship with Olive—who has been told that she’s “weird” because she loves to talk about animals—allows her to stand up and make her voice heard at an important juncture in her life. ­VERDICT Purchase where eccentric, humorous ­animal stories are popular.–Elizabeth Friend, Wester M.S., TX

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