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The Underneath

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There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the long as they stay in the Underneath.

Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten’s one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O’Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love—and its opposite, hate—the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good

This book is pretty good but it changes topic really fast but if you like adventure, this is your book. It has a couple pictures and very unique chapters. Some are long, as long as 10 pages, and some are short, as short as one page with only a short paragraph about something. Overall this book is pretty good, it has very good detail but sometimes changes the whole story without you even knowing. I recommend this book to someone who loves adventure and someone who can keep up with their fast-paced world as well as ours. :)


This book is absolutely amazing. When I first read this book, I couldn't stop thinking about it. The whole plot is magical and mysterious, very magnificent. And when I finished the book, it was all I thought about. I took me two weeks to finally stop thinking about the book, but it'll always have a place in my heart. Whenever someone asks for a recommendation of a fantastic book, the first title I name is "The Underneath".

Awesome book!!!

This is now my favorite book, but I got lost on how they went from one story to another, and at the end I saw how they connected. I recommended it to a friend and she is in the process of reading it right now, and she loves it! This is a great book for some one who loves a heart warming adventure!

The Underneath
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Grades 4-9
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Animals
  • Published: Jul 24, 2012
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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