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The old woman's gift-a small bronze figurine of the ancient Egyptian cat-goddess Bastet-is fine, but why does it grow hot in Maggie's hand?
And why, everywhere she goes in Cairo with her artist father and diplomat mother, does Maggie see cats? Do they have some connection to Bastet, goddess of balance and abundance? Now a factory is about to be built on the site of the goddess's temple. These plans would destroy the tombs of the ancient sacred cats, mummified thousands of years ago. Needing help to restore good to Egypt in the modern world, the goddess has awakened angry from her millennia-long sleep.
Is Bastet mysteriously speaking to Maggie through her disciples, the myriad of cats wandering freely through the streets, cemeteries, markets and mosques of modern Cairo? If so, Maggie must take action to protect the tombs.
But what can Maggie do? She doesn't speak much Arabic, and she doesn't know her way around Cairo. With determination and the aid of an Egyptian boy she has befriended, Maggie must battle powerful enemies--some strange, some all-too-familiar--that are set upon destroying the very life force of Egypt and her children.
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Inda Schaenen is a writer, a journalist and a teacher. Born in Dallas, she grew up in New York City. Her first book, THE 7 O'CLOCK BEDTIME, landed her on the Today Show and her first adult novel, THINGS ARE REALLYCRAZY RIGHT NOW, was published in 2005. When she was a kid she loved seeing mummies in museums and thought hieroglyphics were cool; ALL THE CATS OF CAIRO, her first book for young adults, grew out of that interest.From Booklist:
When her mother's government job takes her family from Washington, D.C., to Cairo, Maggie has mixed feelings about leaving her eighth-grade class for a year. Then, surfing the Internet for school research, she gets caught up in what is happening in her strange new country, where ancient lives are always part of the present, and cats from everywhere—in the crowded streets, on an obelisk, in a sacred carving—warn her that dark forces are threatening the people in the Nile delta. The magical realism is not enough to make up for the huge plot holes in Schaenen's first YA novel. There is sometimes too much local detail, and the first-person narrative stays true to the superficial viewpoint of a young tourist. It is the action that will hook readers, as Maggie uncovers an American big-business connection with local child slave labor. Rochman, Hazel
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