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She leapt, a perfect arc, lithe muscles propelling her through the air, leaving what was human behind, clothes fallen to the ground. She was cat, claws unsheathed, teeth bared. Loving the hunt, the chase, the pounce and the strike, her teeth sinking into flesh, blood spurting in her mouth.Animal justice: ruthless and swift. And totally satisfying. In their chaotic, human world, the one thing that held this brother and sister together was their shared private knowledge: their ability to change from human to animal, and back. Their ability to transform. Or was that a lie to tear them apart?
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Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson is a vegetarian and a cat lover. She got to unleash her inner carnivore and explore the hidden life of felines with this spine-tingling mystery featuring teens with animal alter egos. She lives with her husband, Stephen, in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Her first book, The Parallel Universe of Liars, was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, an ALA Booklist Top Ten Books for Youth, and a YALSA Quick Pick.From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up–Vaguely reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project, Johnson's novel explores memory, fear, and imagination. Niki, her brother Emmet, and their friend Doug narrate the somewhat fantastical story via journal entries, e-mails, and newspaper clippings. What REALLY happened on Halloween night in the woods when all three teens awakened to find themselves naked and bloody? As the plot disjointedly unfolds, readers gradually learn that the siblings' father left the family two years earlier, supposedly with his mistress. When their mother begins dating the famous, secretive, and somewhat sinister author Nicholas Slanger, he disappears as well. Puzzle pieces begin to fall into place as readers realize that Emmet has since been institutionalized and Niki claims that she is able to transform into a cat, while her brother can turn into a hawk. They both have strange dreams of blood and hunting, but what is the reality? Whose story is reliable when even Doug, Emmet's psychiatrist, and Slanger seemed to turn into animals that fateful night? There are no absolute answers in this powerful and disturbing blend of fantasy/mystery/study of mental illness. Teens will either love it or hate it, but they won't forget it.–Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
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Book Description 2009. Library Binding. Condition: Used: Good. Reprint. Seller Inventory # SONG1439585288