Ellie and the Cat

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By Malorie Blackman

 

Ellie is the rudest, most spoilt child her granma has ever met.  So Granma decides to show Ellie up and switches her body with Jolly the cat’s.  But Ellie is just lonely and as she gets to know the other creatures in the house, she learns she can be a good friend.

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Ellie is being sent off to stay with yet another relative while her dad is away for business. She’s sick of being moved around from person to person whenever he goes away. Now it’s her grandmother’s turn and Ellie is determined to be as rude and unhappy about the situation as a person can possibly be. But Ellie’s grandma has a few tricks of her own up her sleeve – and magically swaps Ellie into the body of her pet cat, Jolly.

In order to become human again, Ellie must complete a special task before sunset the next day – or stay as a cat forever. But how exactly is she going to manage it? Meanwhile, Jolly, who rather likes being a human child, will do anything to stop her from succeeding…

In a dyslexia-friendly format, this is a magical and gently comic tale of friendship and thinking of others. When she’s turned into a cat, we get to see Ellie for who she really is behind the sadness of missing her dad, while she’s given the chance to make some unusual new friends and ultimately find a place to belong.

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malorie blackman author of ellie and the cat

 

Malorie Blackman has written over fifty books and is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. She has been described by The Times as ‘a national treasure’.

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