Cat Burglar Black
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.
JLG Release: Sep 2009
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
Junior Library Guild
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.
6" x 8 1/2"
Level 2.7; Points: 1;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 3.4; Points: 5;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
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,