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The Active-Enzyme Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch by E.W. Hildick
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel
Blandings' Way by Eric Hodgins
Blue Moon by James Ponti
Bones Never Lie by Elizabeth MacLeod
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Elevator Family by Douglas Evans
Ghostbusters, Volume 5: The New Ghostbusters by Erik Burnham
Good Harbor by Anita Diamant
The Grannyman by Judy Schachner
Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
Lucky by Gabrielle Bell
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Neighborhood Watch by Cammie McGovern
New American Poetry edited by Richard Monaco
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
Sign of Foul Play by Penny Warner
Simon's Cat vs. the World by Simon Tofield
Sufficient Ransom by Sylvia Sarno
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
xxxHolic 14 by CLAMP
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Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

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The Grannyman: 09/27/14

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The Grannyman by Judy Schachner is about an old cat, Simon, and a new kitten, Tink. If you've read the more recent book, Bits & Pieces, Tink is the old cat now charged with teaching a new kitten the ways of the house.

Simon, the geriatric Siamese, is a realistically rendered cat. There's a scene where he climbs up onto the stove to warm his arthritic joints that really hits home. Caligula in her last months of life did exactly that, nearly daily.

Now of course this book and Bits & Pieces to a lesser degree, is about human companions transitioning from the life of one cat into the life of another by welcoming in a kitten. In Schachner's books the transitions seem to go easily. She coats over the hissing, bopping, growing, fighting and hiding that often goes with introducing new cats. Certainly we went through it with Caligula and Tortuga and now we're going through it again with Tortuga and Salmon.

Five stars

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