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Varjak Paw (Varjak Paw, 1)

Varjak Paw (Varjak Paw, 1)

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue cat living in luxury but longing for adventure. His opportunity comes when his elderly owner dies and the house is taken over by a sinister Gentleman and his two black cats. Varjak’s task is to find a dog big enough to strike terror into the heart of the interloper. It is a quest filled with danger.

Suitable for age 9+. Oxford Levels: 16–17

£6.29

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue cat living in luxury but longing for adventure. His opportunity comes when his elderly owner dies and the house is taken over by a sinister Gentleman and his two black cats. Varjak’s task is to find a dog big enough to strike terror into the heart of the interloper. It is a quest filled with danger.

Suitable for age 9+. Oxford Levels: 16–17

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ISBN-10: 0552572292
ISBN-13: 9780552572293

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He’s never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way – a secret martial art for cats. Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious Vanishings.

Reading level: Oxford Levels: 16–17 | Book Band: Dark Blue
Age: 9+

Recommended by:
Nikki Gamble, Lecturer – ‘This is a thrilling adventure with brooding menace and real jeopardy for Varjak. Dave McKean’s illustrations are suitably dark. The story is action–packed and pacy; it will have children on the edge of their seats.’

Teacher tip:
Discuss the reasons that Varjak wants to leave home. What does he learn from his adventure? How has Varjak changed by the end of the story? Use hot seating to explore thoughts and feelings at various points in the story.

NOTE: Presents stark social realities, e.g. the street cats are regarded as expendable.

 

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