Cat Found

by Ingrid Lee

Chicken House
March 2013

Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Library of Congress: 2010054230

Lexile measure: 550L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: Q



In Billy's small town, stray cats are running wild, and some people want to get rid of them. The school bullies even throw rocks at the poor creatures! So when Billy finds a hurt, starving kitten and sneaks her home, he has to be extra careful to keep her hidden while he nurses her back to health. However precious little Conga is to him, he knows his dad would take her away if he discovered her, cozy and warm in Billy's bedroom!

And what about all the other cats? Can Billy and his friends face the bullies, show the town the importance of caring for abandoned animals, and find a safe haven for strays?

A soon-to-be-classic animal story by the author of DOG LOST.
Ingrid Lee

INGRID LEE is a writer and a schoolteacher. Her first novel, DOG LOST, is based on a true story. Ann M. Martin called the book "wonderfully heart-rousing." Lee lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.


  • Praise for CAT FOUND

    "A gripping, fast-paced story full of appealingly raw emotion and youthful devotion....As with DOG LOST, the timeless feel and not-too-intense action should make this another favorite." -- BOOKLIST

    "There is genuine drama in Billy's predicament and in the plight of the stray cats, and the book raises some needed awareness of the complex problem of stray animal populations." -- BCCB

    Praise for DOG LOST

    "Much more than a breathless page-turner. It's a brutally honest novel depicting the world of dogfighting in a wicked light but tempering any scenes of cruelty with an entire community of positive characters. And Lee brings together her winning, motley cast, human and animal, for a wonderfully heart-rousing ending. I loved it." -- Ann M. Martin, author of A DOG'S LIFE

    "A tough book, a tender book, and one I shan't forget." -- Michael Morpurgo, author of WAR HORSE

    "A moving, fast-paced tale [that] will appeal to fans of SHILOH." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS


--- - From CAT FOUND

Billy looked down at the plywood crates again. He bent close and called, "Cat. Hey, cat."

The stray rushed into his arms.

Billy didn't know what to do. He looked around for some help. People hurrying by paid him no mind. He was just a dirty boy with a dirty cat.

The cat felt so light. Billy could feel its heart beating out of time.
Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545351089

176pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝