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This review was written by Harry, Debbie De Louise's black shorthair.
I must say this author is very talented. Debbie Shared this marvelous book with me, and it was obvious it was well written. While it's geared toward little kids from ages 8-12, I know Debbie enjoyed it very much, and I think even cats, especially those hardsome, dark-haired ones like me, would like it, too.
Let me tell you a bit of the story. The main character is Pepper. You can see him on the book cover. He lives with the Humphreys. The lady is sweet, but her husband is a creep. If he was a bug, I'd catch him and eat him. He thinks poor Pepper is causing him bad luck. When his kind wife is out, he takes Pepper away and pretends he got out. I was so upset hearing Debbie read that. However, things get better for Pepper because he finds a nice street called Flower Street and befriends two kitties. I won't tell you much more because you really should read this paw-some book yourself.
When you're done reading this story, you'll learn some important lessons and the reason black cats are the best.
It's no secret that black cats face unfair prejudice, yet anyone who has ever shared their heart and home with a house panther will tell you they are among the most loving and loyal feline friends you could ever ask for.
Pepper, the star of this darling story by Rosa Silva of the Cat Lady Confidential blog, faces this cruel fact of life when his beloved owner's husband dumps him on the side of the road, convinced Pepper is the cause of his recent rash of bad luck. Cold, alone, and scared, Pepper now believes no one will ever love him again because of the color of his fur. With the help of a hilarious pair of ginger cats, an aging dog, a parrot who knows what it's like to be abandoned, and a wise owl, Pepper learns some important life lessons.
I completely fell in love with every single character in this story, and more than once wished I could scoop Pepper up in my arms and reassure him that everything would be alright. The sad truth is that for too many black cats in real life that just isn't the case, which is what makes this book so important.
I'm a fan of Rosa Silva's books. She knows cats (loves them) and has a knack for a story and humor. This book was wonderful. Everyone knows I'm the proud owner of two black cats so this one really hit home. It even had me in tears at one point. There have been many times of fear for my black cats when somehow one would get outside. Sadly, superstitions surrounding black cats are still around, even in this day and age.
Though this is classified as a children's book (middle grade), its message is an important one for everyone, big or small. This is the type of book I enjoyed reading as a child. Books about animals on adventures like The Incredible Journey or Black Beauty. The characters are funny and endearing. Themes of friendship, acceptance, and believing in yourself are all present and are revealed seamlessly in the story.
Balthazar the owl says, "You cannot control what others think of you. But what they think doesn't matter either. What others think says more about themselves and their prejudices than it does about you. What matters is what you think." Wise words to guide anyone.
For a first novel, this is excellent. I'm excited for the many people who will enjoy this book, young and old. Highly recommended.
I thought this book was wonderful- just like all of Rosa Silva's other books. It is geared for tweens, but cat lovers of all ages will enjoy it. Pepper is a black cat whose owner's husband thinks is causing him bad luck so he drives him far away and lets him out. If the title did not tell me it would have a happy ending, I would have been too upset to continue. I am glad I did keep reading though. I don't want t give away any more of the plot so all I will add is that it is nice to see Pepper make friends and realize he is not bad luck. I like that the author is promoting black cats as they are least likely to be adopted because so many still believe they are bad luck which is ridiculous. Black cats are just as sweet and loveable as cats of any other color. I currently have two and four more at The Rainbow Bridge and my luck is pretty darn good.