CAT'S PAW, TAKE TWO Not all books get several reviews from me. But then, not all books are this good, and quite so deserving. As you ve already gathered from the title, I m back to going on about Nick Green and his second Cat Kin novel, which is finally to be published properly later this month. Cat s Paw is even better than The Cat Kin. (And because I m such a dreadful boaster, I have to rub your faces in the fact that I have read the final book in this trilogy, and that is better still! Really, really something to look forward to.) So, you will need to read Cat s Paw. You really will. At times it s quite unsettling, the people and the ideas that Nick put forward in this book. It really does feel as if we are reading about ordinary London children (albeit with cat skills), facing evil and dangerous people. And if you trust someone, the question is, should you? Apart from the adventure and the humour, what strikes me about the Cat Kin is their skills. They start out as perfectly ordinary children, and they learn so much in their Pashki classes. It s about leadership, and about decency. They have to show determination. They have to apply themselves. They develop. There is serious stuff, and also the more ordinary. You might have special skills and you might be out fighting baddies, but there are still difficult parents to deal with, and illness and friendship. As far as I m concerned, Nick could write more than three Cat Kin books. Wands are all very well, but this balancing on narrow walls or jumping across impossible gaps is quite more-ish. At least as long as it s not me doing the balancing or jumping or anything else impossible. Nick Green is truly one of the best writers of children s fiction today, and I don t know why he is neither rich nor famous. --The Bookwitch blog, August 15, 2011
About the Author
As a child Nick Green landed a tiny part in a TV drama serial and wondered about an acting career. Sadly, that was his acting career. Growing up in a peculiar village called Abbots Langley, he is the second oldest and second tallest of four brothers, and the only one who isn t ginger (so he has always felt like the odd one out). He now lives in Hertford with his wife, two children, and an unspecified number of cats.