The Underneath

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Simon and Schuster, May 6, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 313 pages
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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. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath.

Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten's one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love -- and its opposite, hate -- the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.
  

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The writing is awful. - Goodreads
What an amazing piece of writing. - Goodreads
Hard to read if you are a dog/cat lover. - Goodreads
Even the writing style might not appeal to everyone. - Goodreads
There's no plot to speak of. - Goodreads
Just writing this makes me get all hyperbolic. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Cheryl in CC NV - Goodreads

Ok, if you're looking for a cute animal story, or if you need straight-forward prose and a plot that moves right along, look elsewhere. If you enjoy beautiful metaphors and poetic rhythms and tragedy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

Ok, if you're looking for a cute animal story, or if you need straight-forward prose and a plot that moves right along, look elsewhere. If you enjoy beautiful metaphors and poetic rhythms and tragedy ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award-winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Keeper, and many picture books. She has two grown children and lives in Texas with her husband. Visit her at KathiAppelt.com.

David Small is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. He received a Caldecott Honor medal for The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. He has also illustrated many other beloved picture books, which include The Library and The Journey, both by Sarah Stewart, and Imogene’s Antlers, which he also wrote. He lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.