Lilian Jackson Braun Message Board

mugschatz posts on 11/20/2010 10:40:19 AM Samantha, hang on to those 17 'Cat Who...' books! Kids' tastes change so quickly, and 7th grade is likely to demand more adventurous reading, which (sadly) may desensitize your advanced reader to some of the more troubling facts of life. My own 12-year-old has brought home a couple of novels from her Lit. teacher's library requiring a signed permission slip ('the Help' was one of them, and another one 'drops the F bomb'). She started reading the 'Cat Who' books a couple of years ago after exhausting the 'Animal Ark" and 'A To Z' series. I should have cautioned you, they may seem a little juvenile to an average or advanced reader -- they're 'chapter books' at about 3rd-4th grade level -- but they do offer a nice, animal-rich mystery (in the case of the 'Ark' series) without a lot of disturbing violence. Good for a calming read before sleeping. Good luck!
Samantha posts on 11/20/2010 1:55:34 AM Mugschatz, thank you so much for your knowledgeable response. She is a reasonably advanced reader for 12 years old, in search of new reading material. Destined to be a vet, I know she would adore and appreciate the whole siamese angle, but can't appreciate these good books. (A shame too, because mom handed me 17 of them to give her from my grandma's estate.) I want to support my daughter's reading enjoyment, so I am eager to try your suggestions. Thanks again, Samantha
mugschatz posts on 11/19/2010 8:27:28 AM Samantha, I appreciate your daughter's sensitivity, but unfortunately the term 'Mystery' is usually an abbreviation for 'Murder Mystery' among books for adults. Depending on her age, she might enjoy the 'A to Z Mystery Series' or the 'Animal Ark Series,' which you can find in most new and used book stores in the US. But you might want to pre-screen each book, as I believe a body (human or animal) may still turn up on occasion. There's also a 'Church Choir Mystery Series' for adults, which I believe are humorous and might be more what you're looking for, although I haven't read them yet. Good luck!

KittyMcBee posts on 11/19/2010 1:53:04 AM I agree, Cheryl, but if someone does continue, I hope they pretend that the last book I saw didn't happen. That's the one where the barn burns down and the girlfriend moves to England--Bummer!!
cheryl posts on 11/18/2010 11:29:56 PM I am sad that there will not be anymore Cat Who books. I wish Ms. Braun well. Maybe someone will continue the series for her.
Samantha posts on 11/16/2010 3:13:37 PM My cat-loving daughter would simply love this series except that she can't tolerate anyone's life being taken by another, and certainly doesn't want to read about it. Do any of you who have read many of this series know any where nobody dies or is murdered? Perhaps one that only deals with theft? Thanks for your thoughts.
Kathryn G posts on 10/19/2010 11:55:42 AM I contacted her publisher earlier this year, and they sent this message: Please send your fan mail for Ms. Braun to: Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin Group USA) Attn: Michele Vega, Prime Crime 375 Hudson Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10014 Thanks and best, Kelsey Nencheck -- Kelsey Nencheck Assistant Manager, Advertising and Promotion Penguin Group (USA) 375 Hudson Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10014 T: 212.366.2008 F: 212.366.2944
Eileen Carlan posts on 10/18/2010 6:19:09 PM On 1/12/10, _Lil's friend_ posted on this forum: _Lilian is 96 years old. She has good days and bad days. The book is Never Coming Out...Sorry, but we have to accept that. There will Never Be Another Cat Who Book. She is 96. Let's just praise her for all the work she has done that has brought so much joy and excitement to our lives. That's the truth to the situation. She is still alive, doing ok but her mind is a little tricky at this stage of her life, as it would be with any 96 year old person. If it would help, why don't you send her some type of Thinking of You card to her publisher whom I'm sure could probably get them to her. She's a sweet lady, let's just be thankful for all the work she has done. God Bless._ This is why the book was never released.
Kathryn G posts on 10/18/2010 12:28:31 PM Unfortunately, I don't think anyone knows why. As far as I've been able to find out, there has been no official statement by Ms. Braun's people why the release was cancelled.
Annmarie posts on 10/17/2010 9:21:39 PM I was wondering if anyone knows why the last book "The Cat Who Smelled Smoke" with a date of 2008, was cancelled by the publisher?
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