Star Ka'at

Two intriguing stray cats communicate with Jim and Elly Mae, convincing them that the cats are aliens from another planet.
Star Ka at Two intriguing stray cats communicate with Jim and Elly Mae convincing them that the cats are aliens from another planet

  • Title: Star Ka'at
  • Author: Andre Norton Dorothy Madlee
  • ISBN: 9780340247167
  • Page: 208
  • Format: None
  • 1 thought on “Star Ka'at”

    1. Although I found the owner/pet role reversal quite interesting, the plot of Star Ka'at is rather boring, and the writing style is repetitive. For most of the book, nothing really happens, and the human characters are very cliched and I don't know, sappy? Nice pencil illustrations, though.

    2. 3.5 stars Turning the more traditional SFF plot on its head, two felines from an ancient space- faring race arrive on Earth with a mission: to rescue their abandoned brethren. They don't expect to become attached to any humans, but find themselves drawn to two children. The owner/pet reversals are amusing and there's just enough detail to get early elementary school children interested without being bogged down.

    3. I love cats. Andre Norton definitely wrote them into a lot of stories, so I think she must have too. Unfortunately this book did not read like a typical Norton. The characterization of the cats was spot on, but the telepathy thing wasn't done very well. If I hadn't had read this sort of storyline before, I might have found it confusing. I know my sixth graders would have had to have it explained. I liked the story, but the construction wasn't up to what I would have expected from the Granddam of [...]

    4. Nice story from the 1970s about two lonely children who have no connections with anyone. Jim has lost both his parents in a plane crash and is living with foster parents who are adequate but not especially loving. Elly's grandmother dies after Elly had tried for a long time to take care of her and now Elly is homeless. They are befriended by two magnificent star Ka'ats who have come to rescue their downtrodden relatives on earth before the planet gets any worse off than it is now. They communica [...]

    5. I am too much of a realist to accept this young adult sci-fiction. I cannot accept such actions as cats and humans "thought-sending", and cats boarding an aircraft that "goes higher than jets" to hook-up to a command center station. In this command center, the "Seniors" (hi-profile cats) have laws / rules. A decision must be made as to whether the Seniors are going to let the two main characters, Jim and Elly, (humans) live at the cat command center in space to avoid a bad catastrophe on earth. [...]

    6. Spacefaring felines come to Earth to rescue the descendants of stranded relatives adopt a couple of stray human children as pets. Not to worry--there're only two, and they probably won't reproduce excessively--and anyway, you're going to have them spayed, right?Seriously, it worries me that the Star Ka'ats think they can just abandon humans to their fate. Quite possibly, some of the Earthborn cats who didn't come refused to abandon their human companions, rather than being unable to hear the cal [...]

    7. An enjoyable quick read that is clearly the first in a series. The only thing I disliked was that absolutely nothing was made of Jim up and leaving his foster parents without a word. Especially after the point being made, and one of the reasons why he was kept by the Ka'ats, that he was a thoughtful boy and cared about others. Whoops. I might have let it go if the parents had been made out to be evil or something but they aren't.

    8. I need no cats showing up here but if one appears, I hope it's a Star Ka'at! Andre Norton is one of my forever favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors from childhood! Such a treat to discover this delightful middle grade sci/fi book at a random book sale. And it's a Weekly Reader edition too! I'm wallowing in the nostalgia but that isn't influencing my rating. Space cats and orphan humans what's not to like?! note to self: read more Andre Norton!

    9. Is actually by Norton and Dorothy Madlee jointly.I got stuck in a train during a massive signals outage, so got it all read in a sitting.A cute little kid's tale - I was a little suprised when I opened it to find out it was being targetted at a younger age-group than the cover suggested, but at .50 from the church fair it was a good read never the less.

    10. Very kind and interesting kids book (the whole series in fact). It was a birthday gift from a friend and I'm really grateful for It. It made me slightly better person and the book will be one of the few I'll eventually give to my kids.

    11. How can anyone not like a book where two alien cats have come back to claim their long lost ancestors and speak to kids through telepathy? Such a fun book. Got this out of the freebie box at McKay's. Love it!

    12. Well, I loved this book as a little kid, as I recallhaven't read it since should check again. It PROBably won't hold up, nostalgia's a dangerous thing

    13. I read this when I was a kid, so my "really liked it" is based on when I read it. Might have to re-read it again to see if it still reads as well.

    14. This was one of my favorites as a child, and I think it had a unique view on my pet cats :)

    15. I remember loving this as a child and it was a quite fun and cozy re-read. But I'm not sure I'll read the other books in the series, though perhaps one day when I'm feeling nostalgic again :D

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