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A touching story of two children, one cat and a very special friendship, from the bestselling Holly Webb.

Alfie has always loved playing in the overgrown garden next door. It is here that he plays with Penguin, an enormous black-and-white stray cat whom Alfie has claimed as his own. But when his neighbour’s granddaughter, Grace, comes to live next door, she decides Penguin belongs to her! Alfie knows he can’t force Penguin to be with him. But he feels hurt that his old friend is spending so much time with Grace. And while the two are fighting over him, Penguin disappears…

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Date published

September 1st, 2011

Lexile measure

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.6; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 144 pages


UK edition


Holly Webb

28117 holly webb 1 529333


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  1. Monkey 113537

    on 18 May 2014

    this was a good book but some bits were very boring

    5out of 5
  2. Croc 113527

    on 7 March 2014

    I liked the part when Alfie and Grace had to look for Punguin and became friends.

    5out of 5
  3. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 25 August 2013

    Holly Webb is my favourite author

    5out of 5
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    on 7 March 2013

    best book ever

  5. Default avatar

    on 6 March 2013

    i love the book

  6. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2013

    not the best book but okay

  7. Stargirl 113407

    on 5 March 2013

    the book is great

    5out of 5
  8. Default avatar

    on 2 March 2013

    Great read for everyone!One of Holly Webb’s best books.The cover illustration is amazing!

    5out of 5
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    on 6 March 2012

    Liked this book and i loved the tittle

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    on 9 January 2012

    I like the characters’ personalities and it also shows that animals understand your feelings but sometimes animals mistake your intentions. The boy has a tree, but this is in his elderly neighbour’s garden and it is difficult for him to get to it. He goes through brambles and nettles and under the loose floorboard behind the shed to get to the tree which is his retreat when his mom shouts at him and he always takes his cat with him. The elderly neighbour has her daughter and granddaughter to live with her and the granddaughter claims the tree and the cat as hers, which makes them enemies from the start. The boy and the granddaughter eventually make friends but the cat disappears and the two children search together for the boy’s cat. Read on to find out more. Do you think that they stayed friends? Did they find the cat? Did they have adventures together?

    At first I was not too keen on this book, but when I read on I really enjoyed it and it teaches that you should share.

    I think that this book would suit six to eight year olds

    Charlotte, age 9

  11. Goldie 113308

    on 13 December 2011

    i liked it beacouse it wasent too good

    3out of 5