It's Like This, Cat
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|It's Like This, Cat|
|Author||Emily Cheney Neville|
|Cover artist||Emil Weiss|
|Publisher||Harper & Row|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
The main character of the story is Dave Mitchell, a 14-year-old who is growing up in mid-20th century New York City. Dave lives with his father and his asthmatic mother and her attacks worsen when Dave and his father have their frequent arguments. Dave's refuge after a clash with his father is with Kate, an elderly neighbor whose apartment is filled with the stray cats she loves. Dave adopts one of the cats, names it "Cat" and takes him home. "Cat" brings both joy and adventure into Dave's life.
Cat's presence brings Dave into contact with several new people, including a troubled college-aged boy named Tom and his first girlfriend, Mary. While documenting Dave's growing maturity, the book also provides glimpses of a few of New York's neighborhoods and attractions, from the Fulton Fish Market to the Bronx Zoo and Coney Island.
- A public domain online edition of It's Like This, Cat, a 1964 Newbery Honor Book, is available at A Celebration of Women Writers.
- Freely-available text of It's Like This, Cat at Project Gutenberg
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