Da Vinci's Cat, jacket
Catherine Gilbert Murdock

decorations by
Paul O. Zelinsky

☆ "Thoroughly charming." Kirkus starred review
☆ "A story fresh with tight, fast-paced writing." Booklist starred review
☞ "Rome is fully realized in sounds, smells, intrigue, squalor, brio, and opulence." Horn Book
☞ "It truly has something for everyone." IndieBound

The year is 1510. Federico Gonzaga is the proud young son of an important Italian duke, but for political reasons he's being held in the apartments of the Pope in Rome. When a yellow cat steps out of a clearly empty wooden closet, a surprised Federico gains his first friend. And soon after, from the same closet emerges the strangest being he's ever seen—a scrappy girl named Bee, who happened to have stepped into a wooden closet in her mysterious neighbor's house, in 21st Century New Jersey!

Bee has a mission, and Federico is swept into an adventure fraught with danger and steeped in art history, involving an unsigned drawing and a disappearing cat.

A funny, marvelous book of time travel. Sophie Blackall in The New York Times writes: ‘With its engaging friendships, enigmatic time travel and rollicking art mystery, ‘Da Vinci's Cat’ reminds me of Madeleine L'Engle's ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ Rebecca Stead's ‘When You Reach Me’ and E. L. Konigsburg's ‘From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler’—three of my favorite books—rolled into one.”

Da Vinci's Cat is decorated with one drawing of the cat for the beginning of each of the 32 chapters.


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