Captain Natick does not want to take a kitten on board his ship when it sets sail in 1837, but his daughter convinces him that the scrawny yellow cat will bring good luck. Read more...
Captain Natick does not want to take a kitten on board his ship when it sets sail in 1837, but his daughter convinces him that the scrawny yellow cat will bring good luck. Onto the ship the kitten goes, and so begins the adventurous, cliff-hanging, lucky life of Jacob Tibbs. At first, Jacob s entire world is the ship s hold, where the sailors heave their heavy loads and long-tailed rats scurry in the darkness. But before long, Jacob s voyage takes him above deck and onward to adventure. Along the way, Jacob will encounter loss and despair, brave thunderous storms at sea, face down a mutiny, survive on a desert island, and above all, navigate the tricky waters of shipboard life and loyalties.
Praise for The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs
"Original, surprisingly intense. . . . A beautiful piece of writing." --Holly Goldberg Sloan, "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Counting by 7s"
"Rarely does a book come along that I finish and think, 'This is going to be a classic.' "This" is that book." --Jo Knowles, author of "See You at Harry's "
"Emotional resonance and chockablock seafaring adventures combined with coming-of-age themes takes this over the top. . . An outstanding choice for fans of middle grade nautical adventure and animal narrator novels." --"School Library Journal," starred review
"With engrossing action and great character description and development, Busby has created a story that will enthrall fans of animal fantasy. Kelley's full-page drawings add to this well-crafted tale, which many readers may come to treasure." --"Booklist," starred review
"In addition to giving Jacob an engaging narrative voice, Busby fills the novel with nautical lore and lingo, making Jacob's journey one to savor." --"Publishers Weekly"
"An absorbing historical coming-of-age adventure supported by deeper themes of grief, despair, and determination." --"Kirkus Reviews""
- ISBN-13: 9780553511239
- ISBN-10: 0553511238
- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 272
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-30
- Reviewer: Staff
In her first middle-grade novel, Busby (Blink Once) introduces Jacob Tibbs, the runt of a litter born to Mrs. Tibbs, a seafaring cat legendary for her rat catching and weather predicting. Born on the Melissa Rae, an English packet ship steered by the beloved Captain Nicholas Natick, Jacob learns that the high seas of 1847 are a terrifying place for a cat when a storm injures the captain and kills Jacobs mother. Forced to contend with Archer, the inept first mate, the crew and Jacob must decide whether to stick by their captain, despite charges of mutiny, or risk themselves to Archers directives. Kelleys dramatic, detailed illustrations highlight Jacobs perilous journey, filled with such enemies as Leo Bear (a competing ship cat) and deserted islands hiding possible dangers. Along the way, Jacob proves himself a fit marine feline and discovers good friends in Moses, the cook, and Chippy, a sailor. In addition to giving Jacob an engaging narrative voice, Busby fills the novel with nautical lore and lingo, making Jacobs journey one to savor. Ages 812. Authors agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrators agency: Bright Agency. (Feb.)