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Boris    by Cynthia Rylant order for
by Cynthia Rylant
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Harcourt, 2006 (2005)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Boris the cat lives with a lonely woman who didn't really want another cat. This story in verse starts when this woman - the narrator - is new in town.

Every time she passes the storefront humane shelter, she must stop herself from going inside. Putting a humane shelter on a street where passersby can't avoid the windows with cats in cages is a smart idea. She holds out for two months before she goes inside. She plans to choose just one cat. She wants a female cat who doesn't spray and will lie quietly on her bed at night.

Instead she finds Boris who promises her he'll be good if she takes his sister, too. The writer shares her life with a scrappy gray cat whose adventures she forgives, no matter how much she disapproves. Written in free verse, this heartwarming little book is full of love and emotion as Boris and his owner face life together. For anyone who has ever loved a cat, Boris is a great read.

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