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The Easter Cat

by Meindert DeJong

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Mimi wants a cat very badly, so she's always feeding cats in the alley and getting in trouble for it. She's very excited to discover a secret clubhouse under the porch, and when the cat she thinks is the best present for Easter ever turns out to be a stray that she can't keep, she runs away from home and hides there. Her whole family is very upset and searches for her, but it takes a nearby detective to find her and find a solution so that she can keep her Easter kitten after all. ( )
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Lonely in a house and neighborhood full of grownups (not counting her annoying neighbor Sarah), Millicent craves the comfort of a kitten to call her own. Unfortunately, her mother's allergies make it impossible for a cat to be anywhere near their house. So when Millicent wakes up early one Easter morning and finds a blue-gray kitten by her Easter basket in the living room, her luck seems too good to be true. Unfortunately, it is too good to be true. In no time at all, Millicent and her Blue Angel have become "fugitives from the law," hiding in a secret room under the house while her entire family searches the neighborhood for them, and her mother sneezes miserably.

Meindert DeJong's portrayal of a lonesome girl seeking to forge a connection in her world has a subtle yet moving authenticity. Winner of the Newbery Award for The Wheel on the School, DeJong writes with quiet wit and sensitivity--and a lot of excitement! Lillian Hoban's familiar line drawings are invitingly fuzzy, recalling the illustrations in her picture book series about Arthur (Arthur's Birthday Party) and Frances (A Baby Sister for Frances). (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Although she has always wanted a cat, Millie is never allowed to keep one until she finds one next to her Easter basket.

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