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The Underneath

Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 66 Ratings and 66 Reviews

Book Description

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. Th... More

Book Information
PublisherAtheneum Books For Young Readers
BindingHardcover (10 editions)
Reading LevelAges 9-12
# of Pages320
Publication Date05/06/2008
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About Kathi Appelt (Author) : Kathi Appelt is a published author and an illustrator of young adult books. Some of the published credits of Kathi Appelt include Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance, My Father... more
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About David Small (Illustrator) : David Small is a published author, illustrator, and a narrator of children's books. Some of the published credits of David Small include The Money Tree, That Book Woman, So You Want to be President?, ... more
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Reader Comments
12/22/2009 Jonelle H tagged as: I recommend, I read

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10/8/2009 Terri Dunham said: Wonderful! I love the use of Native American legends.
tags: I read

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6/30/2009 Rachael Stodard

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6/29/2009 Sheila Welch said:
Based on descriptions, I thought I would love this book. I am glad that so many people are impressed, but it is not quite what I expected. I think, maybe the way it is told would work as a good read aloud because the way the author uses language reminds me of the voice of an oral storyteller. With a... more

tags: I read

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5/12/2009 Debbie Williamson said: Fun, different, I bought my grandaughter a copy the minute I finished it.....
tags: I recommend

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4/6/2009 Kathleen Duble tagged as: I'm reading

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2/6/2009 Julie Bowe said: I read.

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1/13/2009 Tracy Wymer tagged as: I'm reading

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12/23/2008 Ali B said: 5009417
tags: legends, juvenile, animal story

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11/25/2008 Jack O'Rourke said:
It was such a pleasure to read "The Underneath," by Kathi Appelt. It would be hard to suggest which age group it might best appeal to, perhaps middle grade, but high school, or younger child, or adult, would find lots of appeal, too. For background structure, it recalls ancient tales of mermaids, an... more

tags: middle grade & up, east Texas, myth

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11/15/2008 Yat-Yee Chong tagged as: I'm reading

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10/7/2008 Samantha Tai tagged as: I'm reading

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8/29/2008 Carmela Martino said: Beautifully written, though the violence is difficult to take
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