Black of Night
By Jennifer Charron Ward
My human actually got this book last year at the Cat Writers Conference, and I have been sitting on it (sometimes literally), waiting until now to run a review. Why? Because it is the perfect book to read if you love cats and Halloween! It’s the story of Benny, a black cat who finds himself homeless when his elderly human dies. In fact, this is the second time he has become homeless: his first human, a young girl, died with her family in a tragic fire. Or so he thinks. In reality, the girl, now middle-school aged and an orphan, is living in a foster home, and she has never forgotten the cat she is convinced is dead. This book tells the tale of how the two find each other — and thwart the evil Halloween plans of a disturbed teen.
Although this book is meant for Young Adult readers, it’s also a great read for grown up humans and kitties. The characters, both human and feline, are realistically drawn (the author at one point worked with adolescent drug addicts and alcoholics, and the cruel boy in the story was based on a real case). In addition to the compelling plotline, there’s a lot about cat rescue and a bit of young love thrown in. This is the kind of book any cat person would enjoy, but it’s especially good if you have a middle-school aged child or relative to share it with. Black of Night is high on my recommended list!