In this award-winning book, The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb: Life One, the secret world of cats is revealed in an epic tale of feline civil war starting with young Romeo, a stray who finds himself battered between two very different worlds. It’s the domestic cats, the Sticks, against the street cats, the Alleys. As battle lines are drawn, warriors train for combat and a hero emerges to inspire a nation. The book also includes many original black and white drawings by artist/illustrator Kurt Hartman, including ten full-page illustrations.
Description taken from Goodreads.
THE NINE LIVES OF ROMEO CRUMB is a relatively unknown series that I LOVE. It’s classified as middle-grade, but honestly it can fit well into both YA and MG. There are so many hard-core, heartjerking parts to this story–but it’s also incredibly well written and not really a downer as much of a tragic book at times. I love all the characters, and they’ve all become incredibly real to me as these cats that are not only real but have these crazy lives where they’re just trying to survive.
THE NINE LIVES OF ROMEO CRUMB is compulsively readable and addicting, making me want more every single time I read (in a good way). This story is much more action packed than Erin Hunter’s WARRIORS series, and involves a more rugged, almost gruesome (at times) style. It has a simply but beautifully written plot, and I wish a lot more people knew about it.
THE NINE LIVES is really interesting and well-paced, but it also has a few spelling errors or changes that bother some people. It also describes violence in detail and the language can be a bit hard to read. Even through it, I still believe this book is well worth the read–especially for an animal lover–and the themes that shine through the characters really stand out. Great book. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 311
Series: The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb