Cat's Eyes Paperback – 24 Oct 2016
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For me, this shows that it is quite possible to have good quality prose with a decent vocabulary for readers in the roughly 10-14 years age bracket.
Of course, it helps to have an interesting story line, pace and characters that I care about. The setting shows the author knows the school environment and this helps with the authenticity. On top of this, the science fiction elements feel plausible, no doubt due to Evans-Kaufeler's early professional career.
Cat is a worthy hero(ine), strong character who demonstrates a streak of intelligence, good old gumption, a clear sense of fair play, stubbornness and humanity.She is well matched by Ed the interloper who suffers from linguistic technical problems but this helps to endear him to the reader (and Cat). I found myself wanting to know more about all the characters - even the not-so-nice ones which is a credit to the author.
All in all, a fun read, certainly worth the investment of time and what with luck may be the start of a series that could take us on all sorts of travels, both physical and emotional.
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Cat, the 15 year old heroine, lives with her Dad and her brother, but is grieving not only for her Mum but also her twin sister (who appears to her and encourages her all through the book). But when she meets an alien boy, who arrives at her school fleeing some would-be assassins from his own planet, she is drawn into a race to save him and escape his pursuers. The action takes place both at school and at home, bringing the potential for danger and excitement to the fringes of the reader's own familiar territory and sending an agreeable frisson up and down the spine, with a lot of laughs as they attempt to communicate.
It is well laid out and a good length - long enough to be more than just a superficial story, with plenty of twists to keep you on your toes, but an easy read and a mystery that carries you along to the very end.
I am older than the target age group but I found it an entertaining and enjoyable read - and so did my daughter!