On a quiet day, when the wind was still, the creek could be
heard all the way up to where the old beech stood. Under its branches
cats would come to dream and be dreamed. But they hadn't yet gathered
the day the orphan girl fell asleep among the beech's roots, nestling in
the weeds and long grass. Her name was Lillian Kindred.
Lillian is bitten by a poisonous snake while napping under the branches
of a beech tree, the magical cats of the forest reveal themselves and
save her by turning her into a kitten. Now she must set out on a journey
that will lead her through an untamed wilderness full of fabled
creatures - from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People - to find a
way to make things right and become human again. In this whimsical,
original folktale created by two masters of modern fantasy, a young
girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about
friendship, bravery, and shaping one's destiny.
in the countryside north of de Lint's fictional town of Newford - the
setting of many of his most beloved novels - this book is a new
novel-length story for middle graders based on the author and
illustrator's picture book A Circle of Cats.