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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,884 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathi Appelt Narrator: Gabra Zackman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

An abandoned calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the achingly lonely howl of a chained up, abused hound dog deep in the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise Sabine and Puck there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use her or her kittens as alligator bait should he find them. But, they are safe in the underneath...as long as they stay in the underneath.

Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten's one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. In the tradition of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love (and its opposite, hate), the fragility of happiness -- and the importance of making good on your promises. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A mysterious and magical story; poetic yet loaded with suspense.” 

    Louis Sachar, Newbery Medal–winning author of Holes

  • “Rarely do I come across a book that makes me catch my breath, that reminds me of why I wanted to be a writer…A classic.” 

    Alison McGhee, New York Times bestselling author of Someday

  • “Haunting in tone and resonance, The Underneath weaves a heartrending and magical tale that speaks to love and hope, loneliness and loss, ancestral forgiveness and a deep abiding reverence for the natural world that surrounds us, the ethereal world that entices our imagination and the real world that may bruise us, haunt us, but eventually set us free.” 

    National Book Foundation

  • “Joining Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting as a rare example of youth fantasy with strong American underpinnings.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 Newbery Honor Book
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • #1 Amazon Best Books of the Year
  • A 2008 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa Kasso | 2/20/2014

    " Fantastic book! It was a little difficult for me to get into at first and the vocabulary was challenging, but stick with it. Definitely a sad story, however, the ending is still fulfilling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane | 2/17/2014

    " Totally NOT my kind of book, but I wound up liking it a lot anyway. She uses an odd sing-songy repetitious sort of prose style that works really well overall but that I found irritating at times. Nice interweaving of animal story, myth and history, as well as fully evoked bayou environment. Especially loved the role of the trees and all their gorgeous names. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sm | 2/17/2014

    " I think it was a really cool book.I liked it a lot.I wish I could be a shape shifter.because they sound really cool.A shape shifter is a thing that can change from an animal to a human and back.But only once in its life time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ms | 2/7/2014

    " I loved this book! It was great the idae of the shape shifter and love holding the family together. "

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