From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes a heartwarming novel in verse that’s a companion to the “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) Little Dog, Lost.
When an indoor calico cat named Patches spots a golden autumn leaf fluttering past her window, she can’t help but venture outside to chase it. But soon, Patches feels something tugging at her, telling her to find a special place—one she won’t know until she sees it. Why must she go on this search? She doesn’t know yet.
Along the way, Patches finds herself in dire circumstances, but with the help of the other neighborhood animals, she faces off against the scariest dog in town and continues on her journey to her special place.
Beautifully told in verse and accompanied by adorable illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell, this heartwarming novel from Newberry Honor–winner, Marion Dane Bauer, is a timeless, touching, and fulfilling story about finding your way home.
Marion Dane Baueris the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award winner The Stuff of Stars. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.
Jennifer A. Bell is an illustrator whose work can be found in greeting cards, magazines, and more than forty children’s books. She studied fine art at the Columbus College of Art and Design and spent many years designing seasonal giftware and greeting cards before becoming a children’s book illustrator. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 9, 2016)
Length: 224 pages
Grades: 3 - 7
Ages: 8 - 12
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*“Bauer is a master . . . and crafts, with remarkably little text, memorable, fully understandable characters with achingly real worries and sorrows. . . . Bell's softly shaded illustrations are a perfect accompaniment. Excellent for young readers and all cat lovers.”
– Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"An endearing tale that is told with warmth and humor and a great understanding of love. This companion novel to Little Dog, Lost (S. & S., 2012) shines all on its own."
– School Library Journal
“[A] charming tale for young readers. . . . Animal-lovers will want to take this home pronto.”
Awards and Honors
CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)