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The Cat at the Wall: 03/04/16
The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis is a tween book about death, reincarnation, and war. A cat in Palestine has the memories of an American teenage girl who recently died. Through the girls consciousness the cat recounts events of soldiers finding a little boy left on his own after his family has been slaughtered.
I think the book is trying to get suburban white teens in the US to think beyond their own easy lives to the harsh realities that other children face in the world. To lessen the blow and to give them someone they can relate to, this weird explanation of a cat possessing the mind of an American girl is tacked onto an other wise heart wrenching drama.