Six Lives of Fankle the Cat
All cats have nine lives but Fankle's are running out -- especially when Tom Strynd threatens to drown him. Rescued by Jenny Thomson, whose mother hates cats, his life expectancy seems limited, until fate intervenes.
But Fankle is no ordinary cat: he can talk. As he settles down to a new life in Orkney, he tells the rip-roaring adventures of his past lives.
'Reading this book is pure joy.'
-- The Scotsman
'A book to be read aloud and enjoyed by adults and children alike.'
-- Shelf Life, Summer 2002
'The theme of the book is the power of narrative. Living as she does for story making, Jenny projects her skill on to Fankle. The village schoolchildren are asked to write about Fankle, and their efforts make up the central chapter of the novel. There is stimulus here for readers' own writing. Mackay Brown modulates the mood delicately -- amusing, roistering, and touching. Underlying there is a wistful reminder that all lives, not only Fankle's, are brief and that humans, unlike cats, have only one.'
-- Treasure Island: A guide to Scottish fiction for young readers aged 10-14, Summer 2003