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The Abandoned by Paul Gallico Middle Grade Books - Alder & Alouette

The Abandoned by Paul Gallico

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London hasn’t been kind to Peter, a lonely boy whose parents are always out at parties, and though Peter would love to have a cat for company, his nanny won’t hear of it. One day, Peter sees a striped kitten in the park across from his house. Crossing the road on his way to the tabby, he is struck by a truck.

Everything is different when Peter comes to: He has fur, whiskers, and claws; he has become a cat himself! But London isn’t any kinder to cats than it is to children. Jennie, a savvy stray who takes charge of Peter, knows that all too well. Jennie schools young Peter in the ways of cats, including how to sniff out a nice napping spot, the proper way to dine on mouse, and the single most important tactic a cat can learn: “When in doubt, wash.”

Jennie and Peter will face many challenges—and not all of them are from the dangerous outside world—in their struggle to find a place that is truly home.


  • The Abandoned
  • Written by Paul Gallico.
  • Published by the New York Review of Books for Children’s Literature, May 10, 2022.
  • Ages 9 to 12 years
  • 0.62" H x 8.76" L x 5.62" W (0.84 lbs) 176 pages
  • Softcover
  • Middle Grade Novel 



Unalloyed delight. . . . You should be warned that if you hate cats you’d better not read this story, for it will so entertain you and instruct you in the ways of cats that your interest and liking will be aroused in spite of you.
Chicago Daily Tribune


When I was 9 years old I plucked The Abandoned from my school library’s dusty shelves and fell in love with literature. The adventures that unfolded, reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows and Peter Pan, captured me so thoroughly I knew writing was part of my destiny.
—Naomi Serviss, Newsday