“A black cat. A nation in danger. A world at war.”
That’s the back cover copy on my copy of Blitzcat, a book about one of the bravest and most loyal warrior cats in all of literature. This cat didn’t just do her normal cat work of keeping people’s spirits propped up in war-ravaged England. No, little Lord Gort had to cross England looking for her person, changing lives and become a fighter-pilot cat on her way, among her many anti-fascist exploits.
Although it seems unlikely that a war story based on a cat will end up well, Blitzcat pulls you in faster than a pawful of claws, and soon you will be fully behind the story’s main character, the black cat Lord Gort, who proves that a cat authentically-drawn can carry the central role in a novel narrative. Bravo to author Robert Westall for giving the world a truly-great feline literary figure for the ages, and for all ages. Don’t let the Young Adult sticker fool you, Blitzcat is plenty appreciated by young and old alike.
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