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Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl: 10/19/11

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"Incidentally, I don't know how late you were planning to stay, but there is an excellent film this evening The Snake Pit. It's a wonderful comedy. I've seen it several times." p. 40.

Big Audrey has her own quest in Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater. She hitches a ride from Los Angeles to Poughkeepsie, New York and there she finds clues to her true identity.

This book is like the Shutter Island for middle graders and tweens. What appears to be real isn't necessarily real and what appears to be a hallucination might actually be the real deal. And it was for this back and forth between the real and unreal that I so love the book.

Audrey meets a professor who has voluntarily checked himself into the local insane assylum because it seemed like the thing to do. She also meets Molly, the psychic who can see things for what they really are. Molly ends up being her best source of clues for learning her true identity.

The search though takes her up river to see a scary monster, through time to the town's past and to a parallel plane of existence. It would take too long to explain everything.

It was a fun read and made me laugh as much as The Neddiad did.

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Comment #1: Thursday, October, 20, 2011 at 22:40:19

Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting

I love the sound of this one! A bit of whimsy never goes astray.

Comment #2: Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 10:07:24


I loved the book but I recommend starting with The Neddiad.

Comment #3: Sunday, October, 23, 2011 at 21:51:54

Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting

Thanks for the rec! I'll keep an eye out for The Neddiad instead. :)

Comment #4: Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:10:09


The series in order is The Neddiad, The Yggssey and The Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl. Happy reading.

Comment #5: Monday, October, 24, 2011 at 20:54:30

Joy Weese Moll

Daniel Pinkwater always makes me laugh, but I don't have kids so I'm usually not aware of his books. This sounds fun!

Comment #6: Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:11:11


I would have read this series even if I didn't have kids.

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