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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552551562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552551564
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Original and amazingly engrossing . . . it is much enhanced by its high-quality production and the beautiful illustrations by Dave McKean (Sarah Crompton Telegraph 2005-12-10)

To today's overprotected children, Varjak Paw is the perfect emblem of the joys and dangers of freedom. Beautifully illustrated by Dave McKeen and written in spine-tingling prose, the novels have a suspenseful edginess that children instantly respond to (Amanda Craig The Times 2006-02-11)

A wonderfully original creation: a fearless feline with a gift for whizzy martial arts . . . grippingly vivid . . . Dave McKean's scratchy, lean drawings perfectly capture Said's dark narrative (Evening Standard 2005-11-07)

It's refreshing to enter a world of cats. And not just any old cats, but the rich collection of heroes and villains in the world of Varjak Paw . . . The Outlaw Varjak Paw is another swift, compelling tale. And Varjak is an appealing and believable hero (The New York Times 2006-02-12)

The bleakness of the story is magnified by Dave McKean's brilliant illustrations. The combination of his blood-spattered paintings and Said's staccato descriptions lends the fight scenes an almost balletic quality . . . The world inhabited by these emaciated cats becomes engrossing, while the emotional ambiguities offer plenty for adults to think about (Time Out 2005-12-14) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second adventure in the life of the extraordinary Mesopotamian Blue, Varjak Paw: kung fu for cats!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Flian on 23 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
Outlaw : Varjak Paw is the rivetting sequel to Varjak Paw by S.F Said. Admittedly, it may move quite slowly in early chapters, but once it picks up, Outlaw is pure brilliance, with many unforsee-able plot twists and a completely original story line.

For Varjak Paw, a cat who has recently dicovered a secret power of martial art within him, the streets are about to get a lot more dangerous. Sally Bones has him named as an Outlaw, and she wants him dead or alive. In a town where cats are forbidden to even hunt for themselves, lest they be punished in a barbaric and brutal act, Varjak Paw must rise to his potential, and fight for the lives of his friends. If you enjoyed book one, the warriors series or any similar books, this action filled, gripping sequel is something you should definately read. Even if you wouldn't normally read a book with an animal as a main character, this book may just surprise you. Get your paws on a copy of Outlaw : Varjak Paw now!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Yeoh on 30 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book and great story. I can't recommend it enough.
Food is scarce. Sally Bones and her gang are imposing their law on all
the cats. Every cat suffers, but none can face Bones. She's the
fiercest, best fighter the cat world has known. She knows The Way that
Varjak knows, but has been practising it for far longer. She could
even be a better fighter than the mystical Jalal, of Varjak's dreams.
However, there are things more powerful than fighting. Jalal suggests
"seeing" is more powerful. I would add the starlight between Holly and
Varjak, the courage of Mrs Mogg, the loyalty of Cludge the dog (and
you get to learn about his family), the cunning of Razor and the
ability to make cats as prone to fighting as the Scratch Sisters and
the Orrible Twins, come together in peace are all just as important.
What a great story SF Said takes us through. Not only do we learn more
about the wonderful characters but we get new ones, such as Ozzie and
Omar the Orrible Twins, and great relationships between the
characters. The pacing is fast and superb. The language is beautiful
and at times poetic
" like a string of lights, strong between two windows… like whisker of
starlight, fine and strong between them."
…But always readable. And let me not forget the illustrations, which
are the usual Dave McKean masterpieces, just the right counterpoint to
the story.
I don't think you need to read the first Varjak book to read this one,
but it might help in explaining some of the background between Holly &
Varjak, and Jalal & Varjak.
The book is about facing your fears, but still going on to do what you
know is right.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Mayer on 3 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
so the title of the review probably shows my age (old enough to remember when jools holland was actually cool. sort of) but that's important: this book is not just for kids. anyone who enjoys kickass writing that can turn from comic to tragic to hardcore action to gentle romance on a penny, and who loves the thoughtful but witty works of, say, joss whedon or howard hawks, will find much to enjoy between the gorgeously illustrated covers of The Outlaw Varjak Paw.
If you're looking for a book to read with your kids that won't bore you, embarrass you, scare them or put them off reading, this is it. The pictures illustrate the story beautifully for younger children ready for a complex story with loveable heroes (especially Cludge the dog, who will melt your heart) and the prose is satisfying and full of new vocabulary but not verbose for children ready to read alone. Best of all, there will be no gender gap in readers -- boys (and girls) who think reading is nancy will latch on to the active, funny characters here.
warning: this book is set in the real world, and some sad and occasionally violent things occur. they are not gratuitous, but described seriously. readers of a sensitive nature should be prepared, but also reassured that the book's fighting scenes are for a higher ethical purpose that carries through the nasties.
And while I can't recommend digging out 80s classics to read to, a playlist of cat-influenced tunes and artists (Love Cats by the Cure and anything by Cat Power are on my list ;) will add to the rich pleasure of this novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Crane on 16 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book and it is every bit as exciting as the last one.
Varjak Paw now lives in the city with his friends, but their peaceful existence is threatened by the evil Sally Bones and her gang. Jalal teaches Varjak some valuable lessons, but it seems even he had his weaknesses.
I feel that this book was in some ways more mature than the last, and perhaps too violent at times for younger children. Despite this, the story is satisfyingly fast-paced and maintained my interest.
This book, although marketed for children, would be enjoyed by all ages but I would recommend that adults read it before letting very young or sensitive children get their hands on it, as it is definitely rather gory at times!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the first Varjak Paw book, and the second was equally brilliant, if not better. I know it's for children, but adults will find it just as exciting. The characters are vivid, and the story is full of tension and incident. The author's style is superior to many supposedly well-written books for adults. I would recommend this for older children and any adult who likes cats or other animals. There is a strong but subtle moral tone, which makes it very suitable for young people.
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