6th graders at WOMS have been invited to post guest entries on my blog for YA books they’ve recently read. This is Kenna’s entry. Thanks, Kenna!
Grand Central 265pgs.
It was January 18, 1988, one of the coldest nights ever in Spencer, Iowa. The night before had been minus fifteen degrees. It was a “killing freeze” the kind that cut under your coat and squeezed your bones. That is what makes this story even more amazing, you’ll see why. Vicki Myron had just opened the door to her library to start the day. About fifteen minutes later her employee, Jean Hollis walked in. They drank their morning coffee and talked about the harsh weather, that’s when it happened. Librarians find a lot of things in their library drop box like: garbage, rocks, soda cans, well you get the idea. Vicki had just come back from the bathroom when Jean was standing in the middle of the room totally silent.
“Did you here that?” asked Jean.
“No, what did you here?”
“I heard a noise from the drop box.”
That’s when Vicki heard it too. A low rumble from the library drop box. She went over to the box and put her hand inside. She felt something furry and carefully pulled it out. It was a baby kitten. It was a gray, skinny, eight week old kitten.
“The poor baby!”
They got to work right away giving it a warm bath. It turns out it was not gray but just very dirty. The poor, skinny, thing was orange. They named him Dewey Readmore Books. He became a legend. Not just to all of Spencer, Iowa but to Japan, Rhode Island, Mississippi and MANY other states. People from everywhere were coming to see Dewey. He even has a movie coming out about him. But sadly, Dewey passed away in 2006.
Vicki Myron was born on a farm fifteen miles from Spencer, Iowa. At the age of thirty-four, after a failed marriage, single motherhood, and a stint on welfare, she graduated summa cum laude from Mankato State University and has a master’s degree from Emporia State University. She worked at the Spencer Public Library for twenty five years, the last twenty as a director. She lives in Spencer, Iowa.
What I liked about the book is that it’s very descriptive. Vicki Myron has a unique style of writing and I like the way she talks about Dewey being not just a normal cat but about his personality. This book is really cute.
I think animal lovers would love this book. If you’re not a cat lover and you read Dewey I guarantee you will love all types of cats, from Calico to Persian to Dewey.
Submitted by Kenna S.