International Writers Magazine:
Catkin by Nick Green
Faber &Faber Paperback
Sam North review
Ben lives with
a divorced mother in a flat threatened with demolition by a ruthless
developer called Stanford. Tiffany lives with parents who virtually
dont notice her, so obsessed are they by their sick son and
their own lives.
By chance both enrol
in an after school activity in Mrs Powells class. Ben thinks its
a tae kwon do, Tiffany thinks its something to do with caring
for cats. Who knows what the other kids think it is, but one thing for
sure is that it utterly weird and not a little wonderful.
Mrs Powell takes them away from the leisure centre claiming it is double
booked and teaches class in her sparse apartment in an old council block.
The kids are all too embarassed to leave, even when half the class seems
to be taught by the womans cat! What is going on? Too late Ben
realises this is not Tae Kwon Do but Pashki, the lost art of cat kin.
They are going to learn to be cats!
After the first class Ben decides it is a waste of time, Tiffany is
fascinated, however and the other kids are well, not sure. Nevertheless,
all of them turn up for the next class and the art of cat kin is being
slowly learnt. Theres a lot too it, movement, dance, climbing,
growing metaphorical whiskers and claws
Soon Mrs Powell has them climbing trees, invading peoples gardens, getting
chased by police, seeing in the dark and all of them start to feel exhilarated
by the strangeness of the art and the intensity of Mrs Powell. Like
Ben and Tiffany, Danile, Olly and Cecile slowly realise that this is
all quite unique and there is a thrill in learning something no one
But what is the terrible connection between the ruthless evil Stanford
who threatens Bens mother and ends up demolishing her flat and
the wonder drug Panthacea that Tiffanys parents insist her brother
takes. Ben asks his father for help but he gets beaten up by Standford's
henchmen. Tiffany scared of what might be in her brother's pills tries
to hide them and is accused of hating her brother as a result. Ben
and Tiffany are rivals in cat kin skills and each has achieved amazing
abilities, skimming from tree to tree, almost being invisible to policemen's
gaze. Now finally they team up to discover the awful secret of Panthacea
and the evil that lurks in an abandoned factory in Hackney.
When you walk on the wild side with the young cat kins you begin to
understand the power of cats and exactly why Mrs Powell is training
her little cat kins. But what is the real secret of Mrs Powell? What
exactly is she up to?
The Cat Kin is a fast read, a thrill, filled with intensity and passion.
A perfect read for any young reader who seeks adventure in their backyard.
North Feb 2008
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