Cicero, the old library cat is more than he seems -- an elder Guardian charged with protecting an ancient book of power. Buried in a secret chamber, the book is a magnet for attracting the wrong kind of attention. Painfully aware his days are numbered, Cicero is troubled by the fact that he has found no successor.

Marco, a house cat alone in the world for the first time, finds refuge in the public library, a suitable home for an orange tabby gifted with the ability to read. But an unlimited amount of reading time is not young Marco's destiny.

You might think this is just a story about cats, but it's really a story about power. The attraction, addiction and abuse of power.

It's also about the power of words and ideas.

Conveying these serious themes is a loosely organized fellowship of cats, a magical book, an evil professor, angelic creatures, mythological demons, a hyperactive ferret, and three gangster raccoons.

With the burning of the legendary Library of Alexandria as the story's point of departure, Guardian Cats offers a fictionalized version of this tragic event. Escaping with a bagful of books and an armful of cats, the last librarian places each book in a safe haven… with a cat to guard it.

Guardian Cats, a historical fantasy, can be read on several levels. For ages 9 to adult.

Both entertaining and thought provoking, the story deals with very human concerns about loyalty, courage, and the overwhelming odds against becoming a hero.

Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria, a blend of magical realism
and legendary historical events. Middle grade and up.
Guardian Cats
and the Lost Books of Alexandria
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What readers are saying about the book:

"... an amazing story that is part fable, part magic, part history, and all-absorbing." Frederick Fuller, Author of 'Children of Bast'.

"... show reflections of some of my favorite books. Of course Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, but... without making this into dystopian literature. But there is also a "feel" of Harry Potter in the sense of magic and good vs. evil. The professor reminds me a little of John Dee from the Alchemyst series. There's sci-fi, fantasy, "cat" literature in here." Karen/retired reading & literature teacher
The story can be appreciated for its classic structure and homage to archetypes handed down through all the ages of story-telling. Here is the hero's journey told anew. This time Parsifal has paws.Cynthia/Amazon

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