The Outlaw Varjak Paw
By Sf Said
(David Fickling Books, Hardcover, 9780385750448, 272pp.)
Publication Date: January 10, 2006
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Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the leader of a new gang. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave but sometimes naive cat? Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying.
SF Said is a journalist and an expert on children's literature. The Outlaw Varjak Paw is his second novel. He lives in London.
Dave McKean's illustrations have appeared in Coraline and The Wolves in the Wall by Neil Gaiman.
"Varjak Paw, the feline martial arts marvel, returns in this action-packed, fast-paced sequel. Now a master of the Seven Skills of the Way of Jalal, which endowed Varjak with great powers, including the ability to walk unseen, he now lives as a free-roaming alley cat with feline companions Holly and Tam and a dog named Cludge. Freedom becomes a thing of the past for the cats in the city when one-eyed Sally Bones, more skilled in the Way than Varjak, uses her gang of thugs to bully others and demand mice, fish, and other payments. It is up to Varjak to battle the villains heroically and save the city."—Booklist
"As well as being a well-written sequel, this is a successful stand-alone novel."—The Bulletin
"Impossible to put down."—School Library Journal