One-Eyed CateBook - 2016
Ned Wallis's minister father made him promise not to touch the rifle until he turns fourteen. But the eleven-year-old can't resist sneaking outside and trying it out, just once. Ned takes aim, and fires--just as a dark shadow passes in front of him. When he looks up, a flickering face passes across the attic window. Someone was watching.
When a feral cat appears outside the house of an elderly neighbor, with dried blood on its matted fur and a missing eye, Ned begins to wonder: Could he have shot this animal that night? Full of guilt and terrified that his secret will come out, Ned starts caring for the one-eyed cat. But will he be able to come clean about his broken promise and the shot in the dark?
Spring brings the chance for redemption and a surprising revelation from an unexpected source in this New York Times Outstanding Children's Book of the Year.
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"Written in Fox's sure, resonant prose, this follows Ned the minister's son, through the eight months after a secret disobedience: he fired a forbidden air rifle of a much loved uncle, and possibly--probably--hit something. Though Ned's 1935 home is a wonderful place (his mother, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, is bedridden), Ned seems happy enough and forgets about the shot. Thereafter, haunted by his act, the eleven-year-old finds himself becoming evasive, and keeps being visited by memory and shame. He loses interest in things, turns down a trip with that favorite uncle and fights briefly with a friend." (Novelist Review)
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