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Dark's Tale Hardcover – March 23, 2010

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Grade 4–7—After being dumped in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park by owners who have an allergic child, a black cat is forced to fend for herself. Dark quickly befriends Rattail, a raccoon, and Casablanca, another stray, who teach her about the natural order in the park. This includes humans, whom the animals label as Cores (homeless park residents), Warms (friendly), Dangers (not to be trusted), and Blanks (oblivious to the animals and one another). Skeptical of humans after "the Dumping," Dark begins to change her mind when she encounters Warms Jack and Angie, who feed the strays, and especially Jessie, the son of a powerful district attorney. When coyotes begin to appear, both humans and animals are alarmed. Dark and her friends must help one another and adapt to the new threat to stay alive. Pulling elements of the story from her real-life experiences with cat rescue, Grabien touches on some animal-rights themes, leaving them open-ended for readers to consider. Plot development and pacing are sufficient, keeping the story moving along, and characters are fairly well defined, but the conclusion may fall flat for some readers. While young naturalists and fans of Erin Hunter's "Warriors" series (HarperCollins) may find this title of interest, the average characterization, development, and conclusion make Dark's Tale an additional purchase for most collections.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
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Dark, a house cat abandoned in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, must learn to survive in her new habitat. Befriended by a raccoon, she learns to recognize park inhabitants she must fear, like the “crazy-bad” people, and those she can trust, including a wise owl named Memorie and a magical woman in rags who calls herself Streetwise Sal. After coyotes come to the park, threatening every animal down the food chain, Dark struggles to survive and to figure out where she belongs. Written in first person from Dark’s point of view, the novel creates a believable natural world, where predators hunt smaller animals and a cat must rely on her senses, her skills, and her friends for survival. Two kindly humans, who arrive nightly to feed the animals, occasionally serve as mouthpieces for the author’s views, breaking the flow of the narrative. In an afterword, Grabien tells of going nightly with her husband to feed feral cats in Golden Gate Park. Children who love cats will enjoy Dark’s adventures. Grades 4-6. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840375
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,045,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Interesting read from cover to cover. It's not just for kids-any cat lover (especially those who don't like it when people abandon their pets or the stupid laws against feeding ferals) will like this book. Be forewarned, have a box of tissues handy near the end of the book!
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After her family's child turns out to be allergic to Dark, they dump her off in the park. Dark quickly befriends Rattail, a raccoon, and Casablanca, another stray, who teach her about the natural order in the park.

This includes humans, whom the animals label as Cores (homeless park residents), Warms (friendly), Dangers (not to be trusted), and Blanks (oblivious to the animals and one another). Uneasy around humans after being abandoned, she has a hard time trusting them.

When she encounters three Warms - Jack, Angie, and Jessie - she can't help but start liking them. When coyotes invade the park and threaten her new home and friends, she realizes that she and the other cats are going to have to adapt and fight the greatest fight of their life to not only save themselves, but the Warms, as well.

Can they overcome their distrust of humans and each other long enough to save their park home?

DARK'S TALE is a fun adventure for cat lovers. The plot is well-developed, and the characters are lovable. Readers who like fantasy, cats, adventure, and survival stories will enjoy reading this book.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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This book gives us a close look at the hardships of a cat abandoned by her owners, left to survive catch-as-catch-can in Golden Gate Park. Aside from the ordinary dangers of starvation, traffic and the evil that humans can do, there are new and terrifying dangers from urban coyotes moving into the area and eliminating the competition. Dry as that sounds, Deborah Grabien tells this story with vivid characters who grab the heart and mind. I recommend it for anyone who loves cats - in the target age group or older.
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I love this book, and recommend it for all ages. As in, I talk about it around the watercooler, so to speak. Grabien's ability to give life to characters makes this story shine.
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