The Great Escape by Natalie Haynes (Simon & Schuster)
Twelve-year-old girl is working with dad cleaning windows in a lab, vegetarian and also anti-vivisection, hates the lab, likes all animals the same (i.e., doesn't care if it's a rat or a cat, etc.). Helps a cat escape, guy who runs the lab is painted as an awful misanthrope, etc. She gets all the other cats out--nice reflections on cat-ness, very funny in a lot of parts, and a lot of fun. It's a book for young teenagers, I think, but it's really a lot of fun and funny, even for older readers . The author is a veg. a.r. person and the book is stellar. It's pro-vegetarian and anti-vivisection and a really good time. The author, Natalie Haynes, is a London-based stand up comedian and also had a Web site just for the book.
A.R. Content: Excellent
It paints animals as thinking, feeling, beings with emotions; it's pro-veg and anti-viv on ethical grounds.
It's a page turner--very well written. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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International animal-smuggling, illicit computer-hacking, break-neck chases and a fast-talking cat. Just your ordinary school holidays...
It's the summer holidays and Millie's bored stiff. Every week, she has to clean windows with her dad at a nearby laboratory. But she's sure something weird is going on inside...
Then one day, a cat comes hurtling through the lobby towards her... and asks her for help. And Max needs a lot of help. He's trying to escape, he wants to know who kidnapped him and why - who on earth would want to make cats that can talk? And he needs Millie to help him rescue the friends he's left behind, before it's too late...
"A first-rate read on all levels, not just for children, but adults too, and
a salutary warning to cats everywhere to mind their Ps and Qs."
More fun stuff
New! Natalie will be appearing at Birmingham Central Library as part of the Young Readers Birmingham Season on 22 May 2008.
You can download [.m4a, 6.9 MB] an audio clip of Dan Mersh reading chapters 1-3 of The Great Escape...
... read the first chapter for yourself...
... and you can watch a video of Natalie talking about The Great Escape below.