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ISBN: 0440700086
ISBN13: 978-0440700081
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
ePUB size: 1178 kb
FB2 size: 1124 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 570
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Great book. Not exactly what I was expecting but still a good story, especially for young people.
A sweet story of a boy who accidentally (or so he thinks) shoots a cat and blinds it in one eye. The book is filled with the boy's kindness and quilt and of a time past (l937). My grandson and I both enjoyed this book and it gave us much to discuss.
Nice book, great service! Thank you!
Good reading material for the boys
Very moving without being saccharine. An excellent novel that teaches beneath the surface of a good read. Both my kids loved One-Eyed Cat.
Haven't read it all yet. But so far not what I expected!
"Shoot First--Suffer Consequences Later"

Fox's introspective YA novel reveals the inner torment of a boy who acted rashly and regretted it for over a week. In the mid 1930's of rural NY state the minister's son, Ned, is almost 11 when he receives an early birthday gift from his indulgent uncle: an air rifle. However, his wise but stern father insists that Ned is too young to use it properly, so he stores it in the attic--until the boy is 14! Three years to wait...!

Well, what kid could resist temptation that long! It was totally unrealistic of his father and too naive to store it within easy reach of a normal kid. Willing to defy paternal decree and proving unusually disobedient Ned sneaks upstairs and removes the rifle. With no definite thought of actually Shooting it he takes it outside late one night and looks down the sights with illicit glee. Suddenly his eye catches the shadow of a movement and his finger instantly responds--as if with a will of its own. Guilt immediately sets in as Ned realizes that someone was watching the entire incident from the attic window and surely will rat him out. Will his accuser turn out to be his pious father, his invalid mother or the disliked but necessary housekeeper?

This psychological novel focuses less on action and plotting than the cruel results of that one hasty act, as it examines the consequences of developing a sense of morality. When he notices a mangy, feral cat, cared for his elderly neighbor, Ned is shocked to discover that the poor animal has only one eye (which makes hunting difficult), is deaf and seems to have a nervous tick. Did Ned's single fateful shot hit this innocent creature? Is he to blame for its pitiful condition? Convinced that his wanton act of disobedience is the direct cause of the cat's pitiful state Ned's conscience finally kicks in. He is tortured by the blatant, visible evidence of his guilt: direct disobedience to his father and the needless suffering of the cat. Wracked by guilt and fear of discovery he feels an obligation to help Mr. Scully care for the defective animal.

Should he stumble forward and confess his possible--probable--shameful role of inadvertent cruelty to animals? Or will he find himself under some terrible obligation to silence or placate his accuser who has yet to step forward in malicious triumph? The only positive after effect is his developing compassion toward both the ailing cat and his frail old neighbor. But young Ned learns a bitter lesson: that his actions can have far-reaching effects on others. Refusing to confess he unwittingly denies himself the healing grace of Forgiveness--stumbling along locked in the isolation of his soul. His uncle's gift came at a terrible price...tasting the bitter fruit of Impatience Ned ages much more than a year.

(September 14, 2013. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)
Despite being labeled as a children's novel, I believe adult readers will also enjoy it. It is rather a simple story about a boy named Ned who lives with his father the preacher and his invalid mother in upstate New York or better known as the Hudson River Valley.

Ned feels guilty for his crime and tries to atone for it by helping the one eyed feral cat with his neighbor an elderly man named Mr Scully. During this time, Ned and Scully form an unlikely friendship.

The characters like the former housekeeper, Mrs Scallop, becomes fully developed like all the characters here in this novel. The author is wise to keep the story to a few major characters. The writing is superb in its believability and its modesty.

In the end, I would highly recommend it to readers who look more character than action in novels!