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Being stuck with a bunch of unfriendly relatives was definitely not the way Annabel wanted to spend her summer. But everything changes when the ghost of a beautiful cat appears to her one morning. The cat draws Annabel into a frightening mystery. Many years ago a woman disappeared. Now she --and her cat -- are crying out to Annabel for help. How could Annabel have conjured Being stuck with a bunch of unfriendly relatives was definitely not the way Annabel wanted to spend her summer. But everything changes when the ghost of a beautiful cat appears to her one morning. The cat draws Annabel into a frightening mystery. Many years ago a woman disappeared. Now she --and her cat -- are crying out to Annabel for help. How could Annabel have conjured up these ghostly spirits? And now that they've contacted her... what do they want her to do?


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Being stuck with a bunch of unfriendly relatives was definitely not the way Annabel wanted to spend her summer. But everything changes when the ghost of a beautiful cat appears to her one morning. The cat draws Annabel into a frightening mystery. Many years ago a woman disappeared. Now she --and her cat -- are crying out to Annabel for help. How could Annabel have conjured Being stuck with a bunch of unfriendly relatives was definitely not the way Annabel wanted to spend her summer. But everything changes when the ghost of a beautiful cat appears to her one morning. The cat draws Annabel into a frightening mystery. Many years ago a woman disappeared. Now she --and her cat -- are crying out to Annabel for help. How could Annabel have conjured up these ghostly spirits? And now that they've contacted her... what do they want her to do?

30 review for Ghost Cat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Ghost Cat by Beverly Butler takes its inspiration from "Annabel Lee", Edgar Allan Poe's last poem. The young protagonist is named for the ill fated girl in Poe's poem and while staying with relatives she barely knows, Annabel Lee dredges up memories of a 40 year old feud. While Poe may have been the starting point for this mystery, the book reminds me most of Be Buried in the Rain by Barbara Michaels but aimed at a younger audience. Although I enjoyed the 40 year old mystery and the ghost story b Ghost Cat by Beverly Butler takes its inspiration from "Annabel Lee", Edgar Allan Poe's last poem. The young protagonist is named for the ill fated girl in Poe's poem and while staying with relatives she barely knows, Annabel Lee dredges up memories of a 40 year old feud. While Poe may have been the starting point for this mystery, the book reminds me most of Be Buried in the Rain by Barbara Michaels but aimed at a younger audience. Although I enjoyed the 40 year old mystery and the ghost story bits, the family tension at the farm dragged the pacing of the book down. The biggest problem with the book is Annabel herself. She's not a well defined character. Her only point seems to be to dredge up the past to bring closure for her family. Since she is mostly a plot device, she doesn't make an interesting enough character to tell the story. Her grandfather who actually knows what is going on is a far more fascinating character but he can't be the narrator since he knows too much. Butler's set up started with the plot painted into a corner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Ghost! Cat! Ghost Cat! Poor fourteen year-old Annabel is stuck on her relatives' Wisconsin farm for the summer, so her widowed mom can have space to begin dating again--something that Annabel's not at all happy about. Annabel doesn't fit in with her cousins, and to make matters worse, she encounters a mysterious cat that her family believes is connected to a woman's disappearance from the community forty years earlier. How much weirder can a girl's summer get? I thought there'd be more cat in thi Ghost! Cat! Ghost Cat! Poor fourteen year-old Annabel is stuck on her relatives' Wisconsin farm for the summer, so her widowed mom can have space to begin dating again--something that Annabel's not at all happy about. Annabel doesn't fit in with her cousins, and to make matters worse, she encounters a mysterious cat that her family believes is connected to a woman's disappearance from the community forty years earlier. How much weirder can a girl's summer get? I thought there'd be more cat in this book, but it slanted more towards ghost than cat. I felt creeped out a few times, even though I'm twice the book's target age. I liked the complicated family dynamics and how the author, Beverly Butler, elegantly restrained herself from hitting the reader over the head with the moral of the story, which was a very nice, understated moral that would make a thoughtful kid go, "OOOhhh," at the end. A good, light summer mystery in the vein of Time Windows.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Book2Dragon

    Wonderful Book for any age I loved this book. It is supposedly a young people's book, but it worked for me. She is a wonderful writer and I really "saw" her characters. Suspenseful and the ending does not disappoint. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read (or needs encouraged to be). It would also be appropriate for reading to children. Wonderful Book for any age I loved this book. It is supposedly a young people's book, but it worked for me. She is a wonderful writer and I really "saw" her characters. Suspenseful and the ending does not disappoint. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read (or needs encouraged to be). It would also be appropriate for reading to children.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Eleven-year-old Chicago native Annabel Peterson is staying at her great aunt and uncle's house in the Wisconsin countryside for the summer, along with her cousins, which she is not happy about. She is awakened one night by the sound of a cat, which leads her into the woods and then disappears. Annabel and her cousins also visit a nearby haunted house, and once again Annabel sees the image of a cat. Annabel soon begins sleepwalking and having nightmares about the old woman who once lived in the s Eleven-year-old Chicago native Annabel Peterson is staying at her great aunt and uncle's house in the Wisconsin countryside for the summer, along with her cousins, which she is not happy about. She is awakened one night by the sound of a cat, which leads her into the woods and then disappears. Annabel and her cousins also visit a nearby haunted house, and once again Annabel sees the image of a cat. Annabel soon begins sleepwalking and having nightmares about the old woman who once lived in the supposedly haunted house. When Annabel tries to learn more about the old woman and the house, her great uncle becomes very upset, and wants to hear nothing more of it. Annabel and her cousins will have to solve the mystery on their own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    robyn

    Solid slightly spooky read for a kid; Annabel is your standard outsider (the plotline of the middle-class kid whose divorced mom has shipped her off for the summer because she's dating a doctor shows the book's age, squarely mid 80s) who has to deal with unfriendly peers just as much as she does the eponymous ghost cat. The conclusion is satisfying on both counts. I'd put this on the shelves for a kid. The enigmatic comment made by a local, that if the cat was about, 'she' would be stirring, was Solid slightly spooky read for a kid; Annabel is your standard outsider (the plotline of the middle-class kid whose divorced mom has shipped her off for the summer because she's dating a doctor shows the book's age, squarely mid 80s) who has to deal with unfriendly peers just as much as she does the eponymous ghost cat. The conclusion is satisfying on both counts. I'd put this on the shelves for a kid. The enigmatic comment made by a local, that if the cat was about, 'she' would be stirring, was just right atmospherically. A good story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    JC Reilly

    I am already interested in anything about a cat and a mystery ghost story is right up my alley. I wanted to like this more than I did though. I could have lived without the wicked cousin Todd...once he killed a nest of baby mice--to my mind gratuitous violence--it was hard for me to stay engaged. Violence against animals is a huge trigger for me. I did like Annabelle and Old Pa though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sharyl Smith

    Very creepy- good quick read. Good for teenagers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    martyna

    kinda creepy sometimes, i did actually enjoy it

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rayne Krebsbach

    Another book I had since grade school and FINALLY got around to reading. Cute story, good descriptions...plus the author is from Wisconsin. Probably why I felt an affinity to the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    C.E. Cramp

    Well written with an interesting ending.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shanu

    Quite boring. Not as expected.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    A GLOWING FELINE LURES HER INTO THE TRAGIC PAST Like so many ghost stories, this one begins when the protagonist--a very tall 13-year-old girl named Annabel--is sent to spend the summer with relatives in the Wisconsin woods. Already resentful that her single mom just wants to get rid of her so she can party with her beau, Annabel discovers a bunch of unkind cousins who regularly summer with the old folks--their grandparents in fact. Her first morning there she is awakened by the plaintive sound A GLOWING FELINE LURES HER INTO THE TRAGIC PAST Like so many ghost stories, this one begins when the protagonist--a very tall 13-year-old girl named Annabel--is sent to spend the summer with relatives in the Wisconsin woods. Already resentful that her single mom just wants to get rid of her so she can party with her beau, Annabel discovers a bunch of unkind cousins who regularly summer with the old folks--their grandparents in fact. Her first morning there she is awakened by the plaintive sound of a cat crying from the woods. Having just lost her own cat in Chicago, she is moved by its obvious distress to help. Annabel's search for the mysterious and beautiful cat triggers the memory of her old relatives--stirring up bitter feelings of doubt, family shame and perhaps even guilt. All because 40 years ago two women disappeared without a trace, which set suspicious neighbors' tongues wagging: an old maid schoolteacher named Julia Craig, and her young niece, Annie. Are the ghosts of these women (plus the girl's cat) trying to contact Annabel-- and is it because she so resembles the lost girl? Her Uncle Axel scowls at all references to the painful past; could he be protecting an ancestor, covering up family guilt? And why are her cousins so mean to her? Todd especially has a definite nasty streak; I admit to hoping that he would get his! Annabel's only friends there are the family dog, the ghost cat (which does not provide much comfort, but at least offers incentive to explore) and Old Pa who is everybody's great-grandfather. In his prime he was the boss of a logging crew, but now he is reduced to near senility as an unwilling shut-in, whose every move is dictated by his over-protective daughter. There is an old mystery to be solved, of course, and ghosts to lay to rest--literally. But once the truth is told, will the family name be cleared or convicted of further shame? Some heavy task for the so-tall-that-she-slouches shoulders of Annabel, whom the ghosts think is Annie come to life. Can ghosts manipulate the weather? Do they want Revenge, Justice or Peace? It's all up to Annabel. This is her summer to grow up and Old Pa's to come into his own again. A good yarn with an interesting plot and some character development. Annabel must come to terms with her mom's boyfriend, while Old Pa--that unlikely hero-- will briefly enjoy the limelight. A good, imaginative read which will keep the interest of both girls and boys. (October 11, 2011. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    This book was surprisingly good. I was a bit reluctant to get it at first, but it was incredibly cheap (I got 64 books for $10 total) so I decided to give it a go. To be honest, I only noticed it because I thought it was a BSC book. I'm trying to build a collection... for some reason. Anyway, at first this book was a little confusing and boring. I really wanted to know the exact familial ties the characters had to each other, but it got confusing and so I gave up. I skipped a little bit, but then This book was surprisingly good. I was a bit reluctant to get it at first, but it was incredibly cheap (I got 64 books for $10 total) so I decided to give it a go. To be honest, I only noticed it because I thought it was a BSC book. I'm trying to build a collection... for some reason. Anyway, at first this book was a little confusing and boring. I really wanted to know the exact familial ties the characters had to each other, but it got confusing and so I gave up. I skipped a little bit, but then it got pretty good and I was unable to put down the book until the ending. The ending was also a bit confusing, and felt somewhat unresolved. Ultimately the main mystery is resolved, but it comes with a price. I don't want to give it away, but I was honestly saying 'What! What!' after I read it. Then again, I tend to get worked up over some books so perhaps it isn't as surprising/annoying to others. I like the protagonist, and most of her family. The relationships are far from simple, and are explored in quite a bit of depth. There aren't many cats in a book called Ghost Cat... but there is a dog, so that's definitely a plus! Overall, I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to someone who likes a mystery with good writing, interesting characters and some 'feels' moments. I probably wouldn't read it again, because it was a little slow in places, and I also have 63 other books to go through :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I bought this book at a school book fair when I was in fourth or fifth grade, a time when I was obsessed with ghost stories, and Ghost Cat proved to be the first (and, so far, only) book I'd ever read that scared me too much to finish it. I was so terrified that I abandoned the book for at least a year before I could attempt it again. I finished it, but the memory of its creepiness stayed with me so much more clearly than any of the characters or the plot, so I decided to revisit it as an adult I bought this book at a school book fair when I was in fourth or fifth grade, a time when I was obsessed with ghost stories, and Ghost Cat proved to be the first (and, so far, only) book I'd ever read that scared me too much to finish it. I was so terrified that I abandoned the book for at least a year before I could attempt it again. I finished it, but the memory of its creepiness stayed with me so much more clearly than any of the characters or the plot, so I decided to revisit it as an adult to see how it holds up. Surprisingly well, it turns out. The plot concerns a teenager whose mother ships her off to spend the summer with distant relatives in rural Wisconsin. She feels out of place, lonely, and rejected by her mother, and on top of that she begins to see and hear strange and spooky things. Including, naturally, a ghost cat. A decades-old family mystery is slowly unraveled. There is a very effective creepy atmosphere created in the book, and it was immediately apparent to me during the re-read which was the fateful scene that scared me away from this book as a child. Still delightfully creepy as an adult twenty years later. A good supernatural mystery for middle-grade kids, well-written enough to provide a couple of hours of entertainment for an adult.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A fun murder mystery/ghost story for younger readers. Annabelle spends the summer with her cousins, and discovers that she is the spitting image of a young woman who, fifty years ago, was involved in a mystery that may have ended in murder. A ghostly cat leads Annabelle to the clues, as she is mourning the death of her own cat and dealing with the changes in her life as her mother remarries. Chilling without being too scary (I was easily scared as a kid), and certainly a page turner!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Fantastic blast from the past! I found my childhood copy of this book while home from work, and it was the perfect anecdote to food poisoning! A well-told family mystery with a likeable young protagonist just coming into her own. I remember being genuinely creeped out as a kid reading this, but as an adult can appreciate the skill of the writer in weaving some very complex family drama into an enjoyable mystery read for kids.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Pretty good. Young girl who is quite tall sent to stay the summer with relatives she doesn't know. This one is not the typical supportive relatives help child to bloom. Poor kid has to deal with very unkind cousins and an uncle who rejects her. I found much of this uncomfortable and there wasn't really enough time at the end to relax in her new understanding and growth. Pretty good. Young girl who is quite tall sent to stay the summer with relatives she doesn't know. This one is not the typical supportive relatives help child to bloom. Poor kid has to deal with very unkind cousins and an uncle who rejects her. I found much of this uncomfortable and there wasn't really enough time at the end to relax in her new understanding and growth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I read this so long ago that I just remember being attracted to the book by the picture of the eerily glowing cat on the cover and not a whole lot about the plot. I will be reading it again one of these days so I can review it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book was intresting, but at some parts boring. This book to me forever to get through. It had a weird ending that kind of confused me, but it still was a good book. I don't remember a lot of details about it but it is worth a read. So I recommened it to kids about 10 and up. This book was intresting, but at some parts boring. This book to me forever to get through. It had a weird ending that kind of confused me, but it still was a good book. I don't remember a lot of details about it but it is worth a read. So I recommened it to kids about 10 and up.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    My mom found this book for me when I quite young because I used to love cats. I remember reading it over and over and getting really freaked out. I pulled it out again and still enjoyed it all these years later, though I don't know if from nostalgia or the book's merit as a good ghost story. My mom found this book for me when I quite young because I used to love cats. I remember reading it over and over and getting really freaked out. I pulled it out again and still enjoyed it all these years later, though I don't know if from nostalgia or the book's merit as a good ghost story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheri Howard

    This book scared the pants off me as a child...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I love this book because when i first read it (about 10) I was scared while reading it! LOL!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dixie Diamond

    I loved this when I was eleven. I can't say it was literature, but...I was eleven. Cut me some slack. I loved this when I was eleven. I can't say it was literature, but...I was eleven. Cut me some slack.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Featherheart

    This is a 3.5. A little too fast in the beginning, and no explanation at the end, but overall a good book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I loved this book when I was a kid. Very spooky!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Taja

    Loved this story as a child.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Coppedge

    A big favorite from childhood, that I read over and over and over. I reread it as an adult and it was just as good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I will be honest. I haven't read this since I was 10 or 11, but I read it many, many times and loved it hardcore. It gets five stars for that. I will be honest. I haven't read this since I was 10 or 11, but I read it many, many times and loved it hardcore. It gets five stars for that.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I'm reading this book because my 7 yr, old granddaughter asked me too. it seems like a cute book. Loved it!! I'm reading this book because my 7 yr, old granddaughter asked me too. it seems like a cute book. Loved it!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ow1goddess

    This book was really pretty creepy. I also liked that there were some things you could fill in about the back story that are never explicitly stated; this always makes me feel smart.

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