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Cat Burglar Black

By: Richard Sala

Bellsong Academy for Girls isn't what Katherine "K." Westree had imagined when she was invited to live there with her newly discovered aunt who owns the school. There are only three other girls at the academy, and classes have been suspended. The creepy faculty members are plotting to find and steal a hidden treasure protected by residents of a neighboring town, and they need K.'s help. K. had hoped to escape the life of crime she was forced to lead at her old orphanage. Now she will have to use all her wits and skill if she is to survive. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781596431447

JLG Release: Sep 2009


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Being a new student , Orphans , Education , Relatives , Strange occurrences , Being followed , Secret organizations , Family history , Treasures , Clues , Tar pits , Serial murderers , Training , Costumes , Break-ins , Traps , Disappearances , Statues , Warnings , Secret passages , Puzzles , Learning the truth , Punishing evildoers

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Awards & Honors

ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2010; Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth, 2010

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide^, School Library Journal

Horn Book

In this boisterous graphic novel crime caper, K. enrolls at the secluded Bellsong Academy for Girls. But K.'s past--as an orphan corralled into thievery--is closer to her present than she suspects. Sala's nightscapes are deep-hued and creepy, in stark contrast to the jewel-toned outdoor scenes. The zany backstories, tongue-in-cheek hints, and quick In this boisterous graphic novel crime caper, K. enrolls at the secluded Bellsong Academy for Girls. But K.'s past--as an orphan corralled into thievery--is closer to her present than she suspects. Sala's nightscapes are deep-hued and creepy, in stark contrast to the jewel-toned outdoor scenes. The zany backstories, tongue-in-cheek hints, and quick-moving plot make for an entertaining tale.

Junior Library Guild

Cat Burglar Black opens with beautiful, white-haired K. Westree running through indigo darkness, a mansion looming among gnarled trees in the distance. She wears a slick, black cat suit and mask. Her eyes stand out in fright as a wild boar rawnks and snorts at her heels. Only three weeks earlier, K. had been just a girl in a re Cat Burglar Black opens with beautiful, white-haired K. Westree running through indigo darkness, a mansion looming among gnarled trees in the distance. She wears a slick, black cat suit and mask. Her eyes stand out in fright as a wild boar rawnks and snorts at her heels. Only three weeks earlier, K. had been just a girl in a red hoodie getting off the bus at her new school, Bellsong Academy.

Cat Burglar Black is eerie and suspenseful, with an intriguing backstory that keeps readers guessing. New information constantly comes to light about K.’s family (Were they really good people?) and the secrets her cat burglar team are keeping (Do they fear for their lives?). Richard Sala uses vibrant color for present-day action, ghostly periwinkle for glimpses into K.’s past, and sepia tones for history about the family treasure. Sala’s use of color helps readers navigate the novel’s time line, while depictions of K. and the other girls nimbly scaling buildings and swinging from rope lines add to the tale’s fun vibe and energy. K. arrives at the conclusion unscathed, but plenty of loose ends will leave readers eagerly anticipating a sequel.

Book Details

ISBN

9781596431447

First Release

September 2009

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.7; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.4; Points: 5;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Being a new student, Orphans, Education, Relatives, Strange occurrences, Being followed, Secret organizations, Family history, Treasures, Clues, Tar pits, Serial murderers, Training, Costumes, Break-ins, Traps, Disappearances, Statues, Warnings, Secret passages, Puzzles, Learning the truth, Punishing evildoers,

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