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Jessi-cat: The cat that unlocked a boy's heart [Kindle Edition]

Jayne Dillon
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Book Description

Lorcan Dillon was seven years old when his mother, Jayne, first heard him say 'I love you.' The words were not directed at her, but at Jessi-cat, the family pet. Lorcan suffers from autism and selective mutism, a condition that renders him unable to speak in certain situations, unable to express emotions or enjoy hugs and he has never told anyone he loves them. This all began to change with the arrival of a kitten named Jessi-cat.

Jessi-cat is the stirring tale of how the affection and attention of a constant loving companion allowed a little boy to start to connect to the world around him. Lorcan spends hours playing with her, cuddling her and telling her how much he loves her. He has also begun opening up to others, making friends at school and is constantly making progress. Jessi-cat proved so inspiring that she was named Best Friend and National Cat of the Year 2012 by the Cats Protection Awards. This book charts the story of this great friendship and how the love between a young boy and his pet has changed his life forever.


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A selectively mute boy's extraordinary bond with the family cat has inspired his mother to tell their story --Sunday Telegraph

Inspiring --Daily Express

Chronicles the growth of their incredible bond and the reader can't help being moved by this story of an astonishing friendship --Newmarket Journal

About the Author

Jayne Dillon worked as a midwife at her local hospital in Manchester before family commitments led her to put her career on hold. She lives in Manchester with her husband Dave, a GP, and children Adam, Luke and Lorcan, along with Jessi the cat, Lily the dog and two goldfish. She plays an active part in her local community and local campaigns.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cat beauty 19 Aug. 2013
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This is the story of a young boy who has faced several problems in his short life including selective mutism, a little known anxiety disorder, and his friendship with a beautiful Birman cat. As all cat lovers know there is a special connection between children and adults on the autistic spectrum and cats in particular. A nice read. Gorgeous cat, not surprised she was Cats Protection National Cat of the Year and also Best Friend. Double winner! It's good also that the book raises awareness of selective mutism and Cats Protection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 4 Sept. 2013
By Nike
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A very moving story, of a young child's improvement in social interaction after his friendship with a lovely affectionate Cat. Animals are very important to me, incredibly reliable companions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story 8 Sept. 2014
By CB
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What a beautiful story of Lorcan & Jessi-cat. The tale fetched a lump to my throat on numerous occasions. I think it's incredible how Jessi-cat knew Lorcan is a child with special needs & needed her help in coping with his selective mutism & Aspergers. I'm sure she will help him & be there for him for many many years to come. Cats truly are special. =^..^=
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jessi-cat. 27 Aug. 2013
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I am a proud owner of a Blue Birman Boy Cat and I was so pleased to hear about this lovely book. I have enjoyed every page and have just given a copy of the Hard Back to my two grandsons. Birmans are, as once described to me, as "the most fearless cats" They have the most wonderful natures and very loyal and fun-loving. Jayne Dillon has written about her boys and Jessi-Cat in the most moving and endearing way. Thank you. Maggie Maltwood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Jessi-cat 29 Aug. 2013
By Lorrena
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A very warming story of a mother's unfailing determination that her son should receive the special education which he so obviously needs. It also tells of the difference their Birman cat has made to not only to the lives of the family, but more especially to the life of her son Lorcan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. 8 Mar. 2015
By Carli
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I really learned a lot from this book. The bond between Lorcan and Jessi-cat is so special and heart warming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By sweep
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Brilliant hart warming true life story about a cat that was abul to reach out to the family and help the boy
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4.0 out of 5 stars such determination and love 11 April 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I was captivated, not only because it was so sensitively written, but it gave so much insight into his conditions. The reasons why he was mute at times and then the autistic spectrum diagnosis which explained this even more. Also I love cats!
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