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New York Times Bestseller and nominated for the 2010 Carnegie Award Sequel to award-winning Love That Dog Love That Dog had fans as diverse as Benjamin Zephaniah, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jeremy Strong, Adele Geras and Philip Pullman - Hate That Cat will charm them all over again

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Sharon Creech lives in America where she writes full-time. Her novels have won many awards including the Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler and a Carnegie Honour Award for Love That Dog.


Gr 3-7-Sharon Creech's free-verse novel (2008) continues the story of Jack, first introduced in Love That Dog (2001, both HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler Books). Jack is delighted that his teacher from the previous year, Miss Stretchberry, has also moved up a grade. For the second year in a row, Jack is encouraged to express his thoughts and feelings through a poetry journal. Miss Stretchberry introduces her class to the works of a variety of poets, and also introduces Jack to a kitten who captures his hear. As Jack explores rhythm and sound, he also wonders how poetry is experienced by those who cannot hear, such as his mother, who communicates her appreciation of Jack's poetry through sign language. The novel's combination of formats-journal and verse-is well narrated by Scott Wolf whose youthful diction captures the spirit of Jack's exuberant blank verse; his use of pauses and emphasis hints at the structure of the words on the page. The recording includes an appendix of some of the poems used in the class. This story will be enjoyed by reluctant readers for the accessible story line, and applauded by teachers for the embedded lessons in writing and poetry appreciation.-Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'Sharon Creech is a skilful storyteller, whose books I always read with pleasure' Philip Pullman, Guardian 'Creech's second celebration of the power of poetry to capture the moment and realise some understanding of self and others is as sensitive and subtle as her first' Books for Keeps 'Brilliantly introduces poetry, similes, metaphors, and onomatopoeic words in context ... Every library should have a copy of this excellent book' Read Me, Scholastic Magazines 'Creech manages to turn the humdrum world into one of mysteries and miracles' Mail on Sunday

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