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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanne Rocklin Narrator: Georgette Pern Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet’s office, convinced he can only get better at home with them, Oona tells Fred the story of Zook’s previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of Zook’s lives has echoes in Oona’s own family life, which is going through a transition she’s not yet ready to face. Her father died two years ago, and her mother has started a relationship with a man named Dylan, whom Oona secretly calls “the villain.” The truth about Dylan, and about Zook’s medical condition, drives the drama in this loving family story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This heartwarming family tale is filled with resilient and thoughtful characters who are willing to learn from their mistakes. Readers who enjoy the novels of Jeanne Birdsall and Leslie Crunch will appreciate this charming story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Oona’s character is a combination of Harriet the Spy in curiosity and Anastasia in spunk. Another emotionally satisfying outing from Rocklin; hanky recommended.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Rocklin’s characters are fully developed: readers will be invested. Set in Oakland, readers are also treated to a refreshingly authentic child's view of a diverse city. The only imperfection in this novel is that it ends.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle (FabbityFabBookReviews) | 2/16/2014

    " Beautifully written, heartwarming story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marnie | 2/14/2014

    " my 11 yr old son thought this was a decent read, even got a few good laughs from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen Arendt | 2/10/2014

    " This is a beautiful story lover's story. Oona and her brother younger brother, Fred, have a cat named Zook who has been sick. Oona tells Fred how cats have nine lives and Zook is only on his fifth life. Their father died several years ago from a long illness, and now it is just them, Mom and the cat. What Oona has never told anyone is how she found Zook- through less than totally honest means. Oona needs to come to terms with Zook's health, while taking care of Fred (which she claims is one of her 5 jobs). This is a great example of how to tell a story. Includes at the back of the book rules for telling a story. Pair this with Word after Word after Word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 1/30/2014

    " Passing to the next group for RICBA. A great book for 5th and 6th graders! "

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