The Underneath

By Appelt, Kathi

Publishers Summary:
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

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ISBN
978-1-41695-058-5
Publisher
Atheneum


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2008

Gr 4-8 Appelt brings Southern Gothic to the middle grade set. Three separate but eventually entwined stories are told piecemeal. There is the tale of an abandoned, pregnant calico cat who finds shelter and friendship with the bloodhound, Ranger. He is the abused and neglected pet of Gar Face, a broken-jawed recluse who lives in the Texas bayou, where he fled 25 years previously to escape an abusive father. And finally there is the story of Grandmother Moccasi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2008

Deep among the Texan bayous, underneath a ramshackle cabin, an abandoned cat seeks refuge. Above lives Gar Face—the scarred, embittered, unredeemable product of a loveless, abusive childhood. Gar Face embodies cruelty and hate; yet his battered, ill-fed old bloodhound, Ranger, welcomes the cat; soon, with newborn kittens Sabine and Puck, they've made a loving, loyal family. Counterpointing the animals' present-day story is another that reaches back centuries. Aspects of nature itself are personified as ancient ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

Underneath a ramshackle cabin, an abandoned cat, newborn kittens, and an old bloodhound make a loving family. Counterpointing their pre...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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