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The Year of the Buttered Cat: A Mostly True Story



by
Susan Haas ,Lexi Haas

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
77
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781734225938
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“We call people who run crazy fast and jump extra high superhuman. Where does that leave me?”

Thirteen years ago, when she was just a tiny baby, something terrible happened to Lexi Haas. Something criminal. It left her with an out-of-control body and without a voice. Now, as a precocious, superhero-obsessed teen, Lexi is counting down the final 24 hours to a risky brain surgery that might help her talk. As surgery grows closer, Lexi finds an urgent, relentless need to share the story of the year in her life she calls The Year of the Buttered Cat.

That year, on the verge of shutting out the rest of the world, Lexi began a gutsy and solitary quest to find her “missing” body.” After the family cat went missing, too, and a mysterious letter appeared, Lexi reluctantly enlisted two budding friends to aid in her search. But when these friends also disappeared, Lexi had to learn new ways to reach out to the world to save her friendships and uncover the truth about what happened to her as a baby.

The Year of the Buttered Cat is based on the real-life story of Lexi Haas. In the spirit of Wonder& by R.J. Palacio and Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper, The Year of the Buttered Cat offers empowering, powerful messages of friendship, family, loss, and the art of redefining ourselves.“To Our Readers.”

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Format

Print

Page Count

323

Trim Size

5 3/4" x 7 3/4"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Lexi Haas (2002– ). Kernicterus patients. Brain surgery. Brain damage. Disability. Health and daily living. Diseases, illnesses, and injuries. Adolescence. Emotions and feelings. Family life. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up–Just weeks after her birth in 2002, Lexi Haas developed a neurological condition called kernicterus. Though she cannot speak, walk, or perform other essential skills, she is brilliant. As this book, which she cowrote with her mother, shows, Lexi faces many obstacles that may make her life more difficult, but she doesn’t let it get her down or hold her back. The story shared in this book is mostly true, as the authors’ note explains that some aspects were added or altered to make a more compelling story. At its heart, however, the struggle Lexi and her family deal with is there. The book alternates between Lexi at age 13 in the hours leading up to the elective brain surgery she hopes will help her, and age five, a prominent year in her life. Despite her kernicterus, Lexi still faces some of the same challenges as her peers. This book is an inspiring story filled with love, laughs, and support. Readers may not have known Lexi before reading her story, but they will love her after. VERDICT An excellent nonfiction pairing where titles like R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, Lynda ­Mullaly Hunt’s Fish in a Tree, and Sharon M. Draper’s Out of My Mind are popular. –Amanda Borgia, Uniondale P.L., NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up–Just weeks after her birth in 2002, Lexi Haas developed a neurological condition called kernicterus. Though she cannot speak, walk, or perform other essential skills, she is brilliant. As this book, which she cowrote with her mother, shows, Lexi faces many obstacles that may make her life more difficult, but she doesn’t let it get her down or hold her back. The story shared in this book is mostly true, as the authors’ note explains that some aspects were added or altered to make a more compelling story. At its heart, however, the struggle Lexi and her family deal with is there. The book alternates between Lexi at age 13 in the hours leading up to the elective brain surgery she hopes will help her, and age five, a prominent year in her life. Despite her kernicterus, Lexi still faces some of the same challenges as her peers. This book is an inspiring story filled with love, laughs, and support. Readers may not have known Lexi before reading her story, but they will love her after. VERDICT An excellent nonfiction pairing where titles like R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, Lynda ­Mullaly Hunt’s Fish in a Tree, and Sharon M. Draper’s Out of My Mind are popular. –Amanda Borgia, Uniondale P.L., NY

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