Cicero, the old library cat is more than he seems -- an elder Guardian charged with protecting an ancient book of power. Buried in a secret chamber, the book is a magnet for attracting the wrong kind of attention. Painfully aware his days are numbered, Cicero is troubled by the fact that he has found no successor.
Marco, a house cat alone in the world for the first time, finds refuge in the public library, a suitable home for an orange tabby gifted with the ability to read. But an unlimited amount of reading time is not young Marco's destiny.
You might think this is just a story about cats, but it's really a story about power. The attraction, addiction and abuse of power. It's also about the power of words and ideas.
Conveying these serious themes is a loosely organized fellowship of cats, a magical book, an evil professor, angelic creatures, mythological demons, a hyperactive ferret, and three gangster raccoons.
With the burning of the legendary Library of Alexandria as the story's point of departure, Guardian Cats offers a fictionalized version of this tragic event. Escaping with a bagful of books and an armful of cats, the last librarian places each book in a safe haven... with a cat to guard it.
Guardian Cats, a historical fantasy, can be read on several levels. For ages 9 to adult.
Both entertaining and thought provoking, the story deals with very human concerns about loyalty, courage, and the overwhelming odds against becoming a hero.
Reviews forGuardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria
Guardian Cats is the classic hero's journey with cats as the guardians of an ancient mystical book of power. Although the main characters are two felines with a noble purpose, there is no shortage of creatures with dubious intents - gangster raccoons, an undead Queen, a hellhound, and an evil professor who believes possessing the mystical book would give him unlimited power, like Hitler's 'spear of destiny. Like Warrior Cats, Marco's story begins as a housecat. Unlike Firepaw, however, Marco is perfectly happy in the lap of the girl who reads aloud to him every night. When he is gifted with the ability to decipher the words, he loses himself in the adventure stories he reads, dreaming of being a hero. However, a tragic turn of events leaves him homeless and ill-prepared to face life on the streets. He eventually takes refuge in the public library but is soon discovered by Cicero, the old library cat and elder Guardian of the hidden Book of Motion. Cicero challenges Marco to leave his safe adventure stories and follow him on a true journey. ---------------------- Fans of the mythological hero's journey will recognize and enjoy the classic structure. Fans of Warrior Cats will find a new feline world to explore, one created from an ancient brotherhood, with cats who read and hang in libraries. Fans of magical realism will enjoy this allegorical fantasy adventure that can be enjoyed on several levels and all ages, nine and up.read more
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