The Amber Cat

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Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 134 pages
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While two friends convalesce from chicken pox, one boy's mother tells them of a summer, long ago, when she was eleven--just their age--offering a story about a girl named Harriet who would mysteriously come and go at the beach. Who was Harriet? An underlying poignancy adds depth to this winning story with its surprise ending.

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User Review  - maureene87 - LibraryThing

Sundance, Robin, and the rest are up to their tricks again. This definitely falls in a younger category than McKay’s other books, to the point that I liked reading it but didn’t feel like it has enough substance. [July 2011] Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Revisiting some of the characters who appeared in McKay's Dog Friday (1995), this story finds Robin Brogan, his friend Dan, and neighbor Sun Dance down with the chicken pox. While Mrs. Brogan takes ... Read full review


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Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of "Binny for Short", which received four starred reviews, and six novels about the Casson family: "Caddy's World "(which received three starred reviews), "Saffy's Angel" (winner of the Whitbread Award, an ALA Notable Book, a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book, and a "School Library Journal" Best Book), "Indigo's Star" (an ALA Notable Book and a "Publishers Weekly" Best Book), "Permanent Rose", "Caddy Ever After", and "Forever Rose". She is also the author of "Wishing for Tomorrow", the sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess". Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England. Visit her at

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