We read it last week and found it to be very enjoyable. Here's the blurb:
On Paxine’s twelfth birthday, a gift changes her life. Her mysteriously influential grandma gives her a spotted cat named Tache. Paxine can talk to Tache and he can talk to her. She also discovers her grandma’s influence extends further than Paxine ever imagined. Her grandma is the Director of a secret organization, a position Paxine is destined to inherit. Paxine finds she is no longer living within the confines of a protected childhood, but in the hazardous world of adults.
Her dad isn’t happy. He worries that a curious cat will compromise the complex security that surrounds his family. But her dad’s security isn’t a match for a devious person who is trying to control the government…and that person wants Paxine dead. Is it because of her grandma’s powerful secret organization or her father, a political lawyer?
Paxine finds that her dad’s security, and even her grandma’s, cannot protect her. Is Tache, her Tail, her only protection?
The Spotted Tail is a young adult fantasy fiction novel, and we think anyone who likes a good tail (err...tale) will find this to be a fun and fantastical read. Twelve year old Paxine leads a very sheltered childhood due to the extra security needed to protect her family because her father is a lawyer and politician. She's especially close to her mysterious grandmother, with whom she shares a special affinity with cats. On her birthday she's given a cat named Tache, but he is no ordinary cat (as if there is such a thing!) He's her protector, an extension of herself, and he helps her discover what her destiny is to be.
I'll bet you're wondering why the kitty on the cover has a wooden spoon! It's a very important part of the story...you're just going to have to read it to find out!
* We were given a copy of this book from the author with the request for a review.