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Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox by Tim Ostermeyer
Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin
Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Daylight Moonlight by Matt Patterson
Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend by Victoria Laurie
The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson
Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl
Nicking Time by T. Traynor
Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Rifka Takes a Bow by Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
So Thick the Fog by Catherine Pomeroy Stewart
Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Happy Place: Living the Good Life in America by Bentz Plagemann
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
A Timely Vision by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tourmaline by Joanna Scott
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
What Color Is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea: 10/05/13

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Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin is the story of two cats who live in a busy sea port town. Cecil, the tuxedo cat, loves the sea and wants nothing more than to be a ship's cat. Anton, the gray cat, is happy to stay at home to watch the ships come and go as they please. Except both cats end up at sea and it will take a miracle to reunite the two brothers.

Told in alternating points of view, the stories of Anton and Cecil slowly unfold, from their kittenhood, through their times at sea. Except for their different coats (something that will probably be easier to see with the completed illustrations), the cats' personalities also take time to shine through.

It's not until the last third of the book — well into the swashbuckling part of the adventure — that the two cats began to shine. There are pirates, and shipwreck, helpful whales, and magic tucked into these final pages. I just wish that these elements had surfaced sooner.

Read via NetGalley

Three stars

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