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Sara has always loved cats. She surrounds herself with pictures of cats, stuffed cats, even cat-headed slippers. But she’s never been allowed to have a real cat of her own. Her father has always told her no, for reasons he won’t explain.

So when a fluffy snowball of a kitten darts through their front door and into her life, Sara believes her dream might finally come true. But convincing her father to break his strict No Cats policy seems impossible. She has less than a week to persuade him that this kitten is exactly what their lonely, broken family of two needs to heal.

Told in lyrical, spare verse, Serendipity & Me is a sparkling novel that elegantly handles the topic of loss for a middle grade audience.

Serendipity & Me

by Judith L. Roth

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I must confess that the cover captured me.  I picked up this title, saw that it was a novel "in verse," subsequently put down the title, and ultimately picked it up again.  I am glad that I did because Serendipity & Me is a charming middle grade novel.  Do not let the "in verse" aspect of the book put you off; this is not rhyming, Dr. Seuss-type verse.  Instead, it is more lyrical prose with white space to give the story flow, create emphasis, and inspire thoughtfulness.  Sara, the sixth grade protagonist, is weighed down by loneliness until a kitten is happily inserted into her life.  This is a thoughtful book that examines family and the grieving/healing process.  There is not a lot of action or excitement for those thrill-seeking readers, but there is an adorable kitten and she is oh-so-hard to resist.

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Profanity/Language:  None


Violence/Gore:  The death of a family member in an accident prior to the time of the book's setting is referred to a few times.


Sex/Nudity:  None

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Death of a family member.

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Reviewed By Cindy
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