Dave Mitchell is fourteen and growing up in the midst of the variety and excitement of New York City. In this quiet, reflective, and humorous story of a boy's journey toward adulthood, Emily Neville captures the flavor of one kind of New York boyhood -- the sights and sounds of Gramercy Park, Coney Island, the Fulton Fish Market, the Bronx Zoo, the stickball games played in city streets, the fascinating mixture of nationalities and eccentrics that give the huge metropolis so much of its flavor and excitement. But most of all the author tells a realistic tale of Dave's affection for a stray tomcat, his comradeship with a troubled nineteen-year-old boy, his first shy friendship with a girl, and his growing understanding of his father as a human being and not just a parent.
Emil Weiss's lively drawings capture the mood and setting of the story to perfection.
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Emily Neville was born in Manchester, Connecticut, and now lives in New York City.After receiving her A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College, she worked as a copy-girl for the New York Daily New and the New York Mirror. Since then she has written many stories about children.It's Like This, Cat is her first published novel for young people.
Mrs. Neville is married to a newspaper-man and is the mother of five children, aged six to eighteen.Review:
"A fine, honest, flavorful tale." -- -- Chicago Tribune
"Different, humorous, with a touch of the vernacular, and a great feeling for the city and its many peoples." -- -- Saturday Review
"Superb'the best junior novel I've ever read about big-city life." -- NYT.
"The thoughts, feelings, and activities of an adolescent boy in contemporary New York City, perceptively revealed in a skillfully written narrative." -- BL.
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