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Kaspar the Titanic Cat
by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman


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When kaspar the cat first arrived at London s Savoy Hotel, it was Johnny Trott who carried him in. After all, Johnny was a bellboy and was responsible for all of Countess Kandinsky s things including Kaspar. But when tragedy befalls the Countess during her stay, Kaspar becomes more than Johnny s responsibility: Kaspar is Johnny s new cat, and his new best friend.  Read more...


 
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Overview

When kaspar the cat first arrived at London s Savoy Hotel, it was Johnny Trott who carried him in. After all, Johnny was a bellboy and was responsible for all of Countess Kandinsky s things including Kaspar. But when tragedy befalls the Countess during her stay, Kaspar becomes more than Johnny s responsibility: Kaspar is Johnny s new cat, and his new best friend.

And when Kaspar and Johnny meet Lizziebeth, a spirited young heiress, they find themselves journeying across the Atlantic with Lizziebeth s family on England s newest and most magnificent ship, the Titanic. Because there is always adventure in the air with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he s Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Londoner and a New Yorker and, as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic. . . ."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062006189
  • ISBN-10: 0062006185
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish Date: March 2012
  • Page Count: 198
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Transportation - Boats, Ships, & Underwater Craft
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Cats

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-02-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Former British children’s laureate Morpurgo (War Horse) offers a sweet, touching historical novel (published in the U.K. in 2008) that balances sentimentality with humor and action. The orphaned 14-year-old narrator, Johnny Trott, a put-upon bellhop at a London hotel, becomes the caretaker of the titular cat after the sudden death of Kaspar’s owner, the opera singer Countess Kandinsky. As Johnny attempts to hide his new charge from the hotel’s malicious head housekeeper, Mrs. Blaise (nicknamed “Skullface”), he worries that Kaspar is pining for his late owner. Kaspar cheers up when he meets Lizziebeth, a girl who instantly takes to the cat. Morpurgo keeps the action moving swiftly, with new characters and concerns shoring up the fast friendship that forms between the two teenagers (and the cat they love). Readers might find the title misleading—only about a third of the story takes place on board the Titanic, although it certainly represents the tensest part of the novel—but the story is more than enjoyable enough to compensate, with Foreman’s delicately detailed spot art contributing to the book’s strong sense of atmosphere. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)

 
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