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Catcall by Linda Newbery

Book Awards

  • Winner of Nestle Children's Book Prize: Age 9-11 (Silver) 2008.
  • Shortlisted for Calderdale Children's Book of the Year 2008.
  • Long-listed for Leicestershire Libraries Our Best Book Award 2008.

Book Description

It's a time of change for Josh. He has a relatively new stepdad and a brand new baby sister. But for Josh's younger brother, Jamie, the family upheaval has deeply disturbing consequences: he refuses to speak, and after a vivid, frightening dream develops an obsession with wild cats. With his parents so preoccupied, it's up to Josh - who's always been the quiet one - to keep the family together and find a cure for his brother's strange behaviour. And in helping Jamie to recover his voice, Josh discovers an unexpectedly resonant one of his own. CATCALL is a tense, gripping and atmospheric novel, full of powerful ideas, and blending deep psychological tension with fast-paced action - highly-acclaimed author Linda Newbery at her most compelling and insightful.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842555682
ISBN-10: 1842555685
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » An eerie psychological tension drives this unsettling account of two brothers challenged by the ever-evolving nature of their family. Josh and his younger brother Jamie have been through a lot of changes. Although their divorced parents have maintained a friendly relationship and work hard to respect and reassure both boys, that doesn't change the fact that their worlds have been turned upside down, most recently by the birth of their half sister. On a trip to a wildlife park, Jamie undergoes a strange experience in which he believes a lion has communicated with him, and thereafter his behavior takes a turn for the bizarre. Josh, while coping with his own feelings of displacement, puzzles over how to help him. Jamie's odd conversion is chilling, and Newbery crafts a compelling picture of this loving family while deftly avoiding melodrama. However, the ending feels hasty, and though a scrapbook about cats maintained by Josh is central to the story, the inclusion of excerpts disrupts rather than enhances the narrative flow. (Fiction. 10 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery always wanted to be a writer, but only began submitting work to publishers when she became a secondary school teacher. She now writes full-time from the home which she shares with her husband and their cats. Much in demand as a speaker at conferences and in schools, she travels widely. Since 1988, Linda has published over 30 highly acclaimed books for readers of all ages. Visit her website at and like her on Facebook at

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