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Twelve-year-old Vivie and her family flee for their lives during the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary. Despite the trials and travails of life on the run—starvation, trauma, fear—Vivie remains haunted by the fate of her beloved feline, Norsk, whom she was forced to leave behind. She develops a lifelong affinity for the strays and ferals she encounters during their escape, seeing both her current situation and Norsk’s reflected in their existence on the street—skinny, scared, and without a real home. During thisarduous journey, Vivie is cautioned to safeguard her true identity because of those who wish to do her harm. Bound for the United States, Poppa entrusts her with a butcher-paper-wrapped packet containing this family secret. It is a secret that must be protected at all cost. A secret Vivie guards for the remainder of her life.
A Note From the Publisher
"An engaging read, particularly for cat lovers, and a promising debut." –Kirkus Reviews
"A thrilling, inspirational coming-of-age story that will appeal to young readers and adults alike; cat lovers will be especially moved." -IndieReader
"The author shapes a well-written and poignant story where moments of conflict and tension are balanced by the warmth of Vivie's connection with the feral cats she rescues." -Sublime Book Review
"...an inspirational and informative story of those who flee the horror of war in search of freedom." -Authors Reading