What do you do when you're not "fit for" the family business?


In 1929, because magic was prohibited, magic workers were forced underground. Many of these families turned to crime, and Cassel Sharpe's family was one of them. The Sharpe family business involves performing illegal death curses, manipulating people’s memories, and casting charms. The Sharpes are one of the most powerful crime families in America. Just not Cassel (17). He’s not a worker, as his brothers like to remind him every day. Although he may not be working for the family, Cassel is using his con-artist skills to convince his classmates he’s normal. All he wants to do is fit in at Wallingford, even though he knows he doesn’t belong there.

Three years ago, when he was 14, Cassel murdered his best friend Lila Zacharov. Now he has nightmares with a white cat who resembles Lila and is prone to sleepwalking. One night he finds himself up on the roof at the school, and his whole world is turned upside down. Cassel uncovers a family secret that will change his life and the lives of another powerful magic worker family. In order to save himself and the people he cares about he must come up with a plan.

Teen Student Reader (17):
I like this book because, unlike others, it starts out fast. You are barely into the first chapter when Cassel confesses to killing his best friend. I also liked that the book doesn’t reveal everything at the beginning. It keeps you wondering and wanting to read more in order to figure out the whole puzzle. When the truth is revealed, it is very unexpected. It changed my whole perspective.

People who want to read a fast-paced story with major suspense and uncomplicated vocabulary will enjoy White Cat.

Borrow the book because it is worth a read but probably not something I would re-read.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Mystery and intrigue, twists you didn't see coming, compelling characters, and LOTS of action from page 1. Get ready for a wild ride that only Holly Black can deliver.

Content Awareness Factors:

The plot contains profanity, sexual references and violence.

Type of Book:
This is the first title in a historical fiction/fantasy series that poses interesting questions about truth, family, and loyalty.
Educational Themes:

This is a book meant for pleasure reading. Historical references, views of magic (ethics), family, exacting revenge, and psychological manipulation are all themes that rise through the story and could spark some interesting conversations.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
16 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a book you'll read, enjoy, and then move on. Not one you're likely to keep forever.

Title White Cat

The Curse Workers, Book 1

Author Holly Black
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2010
ISBN 9781416963967
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Adventure, Family, Science Fiction
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