Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Platform (May 15, 2015)
The night before Halloween in Hoboken, New Jersey, the Willow Witch summons Bernard, nicknamed B, and eight other strays to enter in the Black Cat Contest. Each contestant must find three ingredients for her witch’s brew. When the trials are complete, aye on Halloween night, the winner will become her familiar and gain a home. Although he lives with Victor, a grim, gaunt, and ungainly-looking crow that roosts on the eaves of an abandoned coffee factory, B has been homeless since Mrs. Blue, his human recently passed away. Finding the three ingredients is the least of B’s problems. If there isn’t a car, truck, bus, or taxi cab to run him over than the Feral Cat Crusaders are there to lock him away in the animal shelter.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
From the first generation inspired by the heroes in the movie Star Wars, D. L. Luke, was born in New York City. A published short-story writer, painter, and former printer, Ms. Luke from The New School in New York City with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Fiction Writing and American Literature. She received the Margarita G. Smith award for a short story in 1993 and in 1994 she won the Pen & Brush award for a first draft children’s book.
At the time she attended school, Ms. Luke had lived in Hoboken New Jersey (from 1987 until 1994) when B, the main character of the book, a stray black cat, appeared out of the blue in her backyard. She adopted and loved Bernard for the rest of his life.
A recipient of the New York Press Association third place award for a feature article in 2005, D. L. Luke pursued a career in journalism, writing for newspapers in the capitol district and Finger Lakes region. When she's not hiking, reading, writing, enjoying the great outdoors, she takes care of her dog, Jesse, and her cat, Johnny, in their home in Troy.
THE eBOOK REVIEW GAL BOOK REVIEW:
Poor Bernard the cat (aka B). He misses his human, Mrs. Blue, since she passed away. B now lives on the streets with a crow named Victor and wanders the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey at night. Life isn’t easy on the streets. There’s so much to worry about and so many dangers to avoid. It was never like that living with Mrs. Blue. “I’d give anything to have a home again,” B meowed sadly.
When B sees a poster announcing “The Black Cat Contest”, sponsored by the Willow Witch, he thinks his days of living on the street will soon be over. Victor, who is very wary of the dark, tries to talk B out of entering the contest, since it’s being held the night before Halloween. But B knows in his heart what he must do.
B: The Tale of the Halloween Cat is an imaginative animal story for children of all ages. It’s filled with plenty of interesting characters and unique situations to keep children entertained. This is a good book to read to a group of children, especially around Halloween. It’s also perfect for grade school children to read alone. Very cute and unique, right down to the magical ending!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton