Alice the Cat

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Pub Date May 23 2023 | Archive Date May 30 2023
Regal House | Fitzroy Books

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Description

On the verge of her thirteenth birthday, Tess’s life is falling apart. Her mother is dead. Her father is like a zombie. And now her beloved cat, Alice, has started rushing into the street when cars go by, trying to get run over. The only thing Tess can think of that might help? Running away.

As she ventures from home, Tess stumbles upon a crew of manga-loving goth kids hiding out in the local haunted house performing séances. There, she discovers that the house’s ghostly entity desperately wants a cat to care for in the afterlife, and it has its sights set on Alice. With the help of an unexpected friend and the brilliant, adorkable kid who has a huge crush on her, Tess will do whatever it takes to save Alice the cat, help the ghost, heal her dad, and survive the summer in one piece.

This book is considered upper middle grade and is ideal for readers aged 11-14.


Author Bio:

Tim Cummings was born and raised in New York and currently lives in Los Angeles. He earned his BFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in nearly 200 projects across theatre, dance, film, TV, commercials, voice-over, and is the recipient of several awards for his work on the stages of NY and LA. He earned his MFA in Writing for Young People from Antioch University Los Angeles. Recent publications include works in F(r)iction, Scare Street, Lunch Ticket, Meow Meow Pow Pow, From Whispers to Roars, Drunk Monkeys, Hare’s Paw, and Critical Read/RAFT, for which he won the “Origins” essay contest. He runs several Writing Workshops per year and teaches writing for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

On the verge of her thirteenth birthday, Tess’s life is falling apart. Her mother is dead. Her father is like a zombie. And now her beloved cat, Alice, has started rushing into the street when cars...


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Author is available for interviews, blog tours, autographed tours, book giveaways, contests, and book club discussions

TW: Death of a parent, body talk, mental health issues, death of a pet, cancer

Author is available for interviews, blog tours, autographed tours, book giveaways, contests, and book club discussions

TW: Death of a parent, body talk, mental health issues, death of a pet, cancer


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ISBN 9781646033522
PRICE $14.95 (USD)
PAGES 186

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this was a beautifully done young adult scifi novel, it had what I was hoping for from the description. It had a great plot going on and a unique concept. The characters were what I was hoping for and loved the way they were written. It was a cute concept for the scifi story and worked in the young adult novel

"What if I don’t get to hold her again? To feel her thick fluff and outline the little “M” above her eyebrows with my
finger? What if she never slowly blinks her glowy green eyes at me again? Those whiskers long and thick as milkshake straws. What would happen to her whiskers? Do whiskers die too? How horrible."

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Tessa is almost thirteen. Her mother passed away recently, her father is in shambles, and Alice, her cat, keeps running away. After chasing Alice into the grounds of her neighborhood’s haunted house, Tessa starts to think that there is a presence there that wants Alice for themselves. Together, with the help of old and new friends, Tessa sets out on an adventure to protect Alice while dealing with the grief of her mother’s passing and the uncertainty of her new family life, where everything seems to have been broken apart.

This is an emotional, hopeful middle grade story that presents themes of grief and some of the ways it is outwardly manifested. I enjoyed the diverse characters, Tessa’s adventures, and gradual growth, as well as the ways her friends show up for her when she needs them the most. Even though I thoroughly loved Alice (I love cats) and Tessa, my favorite character is Eddie: self-aware and endlessly kind, even as his own family considers him a burden. I also appreciated the themes of hope, closure, and the importance given to mental health wellness throughout the story. Overall, a four-star book for me.

I highly recommend it to those who enjoy themes of ghosts, haunted houses, grief, acceptance, friendship, and hope.

Thanks to NetGalley and Regal House, Fitzroy Books for providing me with a free digital copy to review this book.

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The cover and title of this book really caught my eye. And as a cat lover, I was instantly drawn to it. After reading the description, I knew I had to read it. And I'm so glad I did! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book as it's geared towards a much younger audience. But it pulled me in, and I couldn't put it down. The overall theme was the perfect balance of emotions, in my opinion. This book takes you on an adventure and is very relatable. I recommend it to readers of all ages!

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free digital copy to read and review.

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This has "Cemetery Boys" vibe to it and I absolutely love it. "Save the cat, help the ghost, heal her dad, survive the summer" pulled me in so hard I had no choice but to follow the tug of the story. One girl against the world, here Tess comes.

Thanks to Netgalley for this advanced reading copy.

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