The Nine Lives of Travis Keating

The Nine Lives of Travis Keating

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After his mother's death, Travis Keating and his father move to Ratchet, Newfoundland, to start a new life. Some life. Travis soon discovers that only a few oddballs show any interest in him: Cole, a talker who soon makes himself scarce; Hector, a strange kid whose ears stick out; and Prinny, a girl as scraggly as her skinny ponytail. Nobody you can really call a friend. And then there's Hud, the toughest, nastiest bully in school, who hates "townies" and promises to make Travis's life an utter misery. But Travis doesn't care. He's got his funeral face, a tight mask that gives away nothing and allows him to hide his feelings. Funeral face comes in handy, especially with parents and other adults who think they know what you're feeling every minute of the day. But funeral face can also make him reckless, and Travis decides to visit the dangerous Gulley Cove, with its treacherous wharf and its tumbledown fish shacks, which some of the kids say are haunted. Instead of ghosts, Travis discovers a colony of feral cats, sickly and starving, and unused to kindness. Putting aside his own problems to care for them is about to bring Travis more satisfaction-and more danger-than he ever would have thought possible.

A stunning first children's novel, The Nine Lives of Travis Keating is a moving story about coping with grief. But more than that, it's about belonging, learning to be a friend, and finding bravery in the most unexpected of places.

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, c2008.
ISBN: 9781554551538
Characteristics: 217 p. ;,20 cm.


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Aug 18, 2014

Well-told story of how a child finds unexpected friends and purpose in helping a neglected colony of feral cats. The experience of being bullied is described in a way that is very accessible. Dealing with unresolved grief is also touched on, in another layer of this rich story.

angiem99 Jan 24, 2012

This was a great book! I read it for a book report. I wish I knew if Travis got Patches in the cage at the end. If only they didn't cut off the end. I also really wish Hud could just stop being so mean. I hate Hud.
But loved the book!

Nov 26, 2011

If a book can make me near tears, well, one of the best books ever.

Nov 25, 2011

ONE OF THE BEST CAT BOOKS EVER!!!! go cat luvers!

Feb 08, 2011

really good!love it:)!

Oct 29, 2010

i loved this book!it was soooooo good!i cried like 9000 times!

Apr 23, 2010

I loved this book. I love how a boy going through so much- bullying, etc. - still had the guts to save a whole colony of kitties. Awesome!!!

Apr 23, 2010

i just started this book

Apr 20, 2010

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Apr 16, 2010

it was a good book at frist but i dont want to read it eney more
I WANT TO READ ZORGAMAZOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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VeganGreen Jan 12, 2010

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Mar 10, 2010

Travis Keating moved to an new school. At the fist few chapters he didn't make any friends. But after a few weeks he made some friends and found some cats that he took care of. It was pretty sweet of what he did for his friends and even the cats. It was a really good book overall!


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Aug 11, 2014

"Even though my mum was sick, she liked being alive -- why would cats be any different?" - Travis commenting about the vet's intention to end the cat's life if tested positive for feline leukemia. (Testing is now discouraged by people who practice trap-neuter-return for feral cats.)


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