19. The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux
US) - (Canada)
Cat's Cradle: Book 1
Finished: Jan. 21, 2013
First Published: Aug. 1, 2012
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Genre: MG, graphic novel, fantasy, Canadian author
First sentences: "Miaw!"
"All right, Igor. Out you go."
Publisher's Summary: "To most, Suri is just an orphan in a traveling caravan. But Suri is determined to prove she has the mettle of a monster tamer. When she unknowingly takes something valuable from a caitsith — a cat monster — she will have to quickly harness her powers ... if she even has them!"
Acquired: Received a review copy from the publisher through Netgalley
Reason for Reading: Several reasons: the story sounded cute; I'm a fan of the publisher; and I'm always looking for new-to-me Canadian graphic novel authors/artists.
This is a fun children's story which I would recommend for about ages 7-12. I don't usually give an ending age but I don't think the story will hold the interest of those much older. I found the story cute but would not be likely to read much further. That said it will be a fun romp for the intended ages. The story starts off with the reader being plopped into a situation not knowing quite much as to what is going on, giving us a mysterious aura as we figure out who the bad guys are, what the monster is and Suri's intriguing character proves to be more complicated than she first appears. I did quite enjoy the illustrations and with the cat-theme carried over in the shape of the eyes of the characters. I also thought the mouse names of other characters to be clever as well, such as Suri, which is a play on the French word "souris" for "mouse".