A Friend Like Ben: The Cat that Came Home for Christmas

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2010 - Autistic children - 274 pages
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The heart-warming true story of a little boy and the cat that changed his life. Nine-year-old George was severely autistic; quiet and withdrawn, he appeared lost in his own world most of the time. His mother Julia despaired as she couldn't bring George out of his shell. But when a black-and-white stray cat appeared in their garden, everything changed. George's new four-legged friend, Ben, had a wonderful and unexpected side-affect. George and Ben bonded and George began to open up, making up stories about their adventures together to recount to Julia. Finally, Julia could communicate with her son - and Ben had made it possible. But then disaster struck - Ben went missing. The cat who had coaxed George out of a world of silence had disappeared, and George began to retreat. Determined to reunite George with his furry friend, Julia knew she had to do everything in her power to bring Ben home again ... A Friend Like Ben is the remarkable true story about the extraordinary empathy between a boy and his cat, and a mother's determined journey to make her son whole again.

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User Review  - lesleymc - LibraryThing

A lovely read. I like the simplicity of the writing, relaying the relationship between an austisic boy, George, and his mum, Julia and how a little stray cat changes their lives. Have the tissues at the ready. Read full review

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User Review  - hailsus - LibraryThing

This is a great tear jerker. Very hard to put down! Ben, Julia and George all have interesting stories you follow. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Julia Romp lives in Isleworth with her son George and their cat Ben. When she is not looking after her family and the stray cats in the area, Julia works for the charity Lost and Found helping to re-home cats. After her success of her campaign to find Ben, Julia has become known as the local pet detective.

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