This listing is for 7 copies of Under the Cat's Eye: A Tale of Morph and Mystery (Alladin Fantasy) by Gillian Rubinstein. It is listed as a 4.8 grade level equivalent reading level on Scholastic. I bought these for literature circles in my classroom, and I believe they were never used before I left the classroom. Books MAY have a label inside front cover that says, “This book belongs to Ms. Erin J Thomas”. Books MAY have a library pocket in back cover with library card that includes title and author of book (for student check-outs).
From Library School Journal:
Grade 4-6-When his foreign-born parents are forced to leave Australia, Jai Kala is packed off to Nexhoath boarding school. His misery over being separated from his family only deepens as he becomes initiated into the ways of this rather strange institution. His two new friends, Hugo and Seal, believe that the headmaster is a drackle who is stealing the souls of the students and faculty. They do their best to rebel, but as things grow ever more sinister, Hugo becomes one of "them." Jai and Seal finally discover Mr. Drake's controlling secret. It is then that Kitty and Roughly, a rather odd pair of domestics, take the children to a parallel existence known as Nexhoath 8, where shape-shifting is the norm and people and animals live in harmony. The pair has mistakenly identified Jai as their long-lost leader, when in reality it is Seal they are looking for. However, before there can be a happily ever after, they must rescue Hugo and that involves a trip into Nexhoath 10. The complicated plot is filled with dimension hopping, morphing, and bad boarding-school food, but Rubinstein does a good job of keeping things moving along. Despite the pace, the characters are clearly developed and the dialogue sounds realistic, if a little foreign to American ears. The use of technology from one dimension as a fantastic element in another is a nice touch, and may leave readers wondering what future people will think of us.
Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA