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  • Written by Joanne Rocklin
    Read by Georgette Perna
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In this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet’s office, convinced he can only get better at home with them, Oona tells Fred the story of Zook’s previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of Zook’s lives has echoes in Oona’s own family life, which is going through a transition she’s not yet ready to face. Her father died two years ago, and her mother has started a relationship with a man named Dylan—whom Oona secretly calls “the villain.” The truth about Dylan, and about Zook’s medical condition, drives the drama in this loving family story.
Joanne Rocklin

About Joanne Rocklin

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“Examine your world closely. Ideas are all around you, even though they seem to arrive out of nowhere! Everything and everyone is unique enough to write about—because no one else is seeing things through your eyes, or feeling with your heart.”—Joanne Rocklin

Joanne Rocklin’s books have received a number of starred reviews, including those in School Library Journal praising Strudel Stories as “excellent” and The Very Best Hanukkah Gift as “spirited.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joanne Rocklin, the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books for children, is a former elementary school teacher and psychologist. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Museum of Tolerance “Once Upon a World” Storytelling Program of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles and is a founding member of the outreach organization California Readers. Originally from Montreal, Joanne Rocklin has two grown sons and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Gerry, and three cats.

You can also visit the Joanne Rocklin home page at www.joannerocklin.com


AUTHOR FUN FACTS

Born: March 7 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Previous jobs: Elementary school teacher, psychologist in private practice

Inspiration for writing: Almost everything!

Favorite hobbies: Cooking and baking, going to movies and plays

Favorite foods: I don’t think there is a food I don’t like, especially if it is fattening (unfortunately) and prepared to perfection!

Favorite colors: Yellow, green, brown, rust, cream. . . . The colors of autumn, which don’t really exist in Southern California, and which I miss, having grown up in eastern Canada.

Favorite books: Anything with characters who move me to laughter and/or tears, an engrossing plot, gorgeous language, depth of meaning. . . .


PRAISE

JAKE AND THE COPYCATS
“Children will enjoy the true-to-life interactions between these siblings.”—School Library Journal


STRUDEL STORIES
“Rocklin makes her jewish family come alive in these warm, humorous selections. . . . Strudel Stories is an excellent choice for oral history and intergenerational projects, as well as for immigration units.”—Starred, School Library Journal

“Identifiable characters and solid storytelling should . . . touch young readers.”—Booklist


THE VE RY BEST HANUKKAH GIFT
“Written with warmth and humor, with a chapter for each night of the celebration, this is a spirited middle-grade reader that’s full of holiday tradition.”—Starred, School Library Journal


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