Hate That Cat

Return to Miss Stretchberry 's class with Jack, the reluctant poet, who over the course of the year encounters new and challenging things like metaphors, alliterations, onomatopoeia, and one mean fat black cat!

he Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, introduced Jack in Love That Dog, New York Times bestsellin. Both Love That Dog and Hate That Cat are approachable, funny, warm-hearted introductions to poetry told from the point of view of th very real kid wrestling with school assignments.

Those ooks are fast reads that ca be welcomed by middle graders as they too wonder how poetry and schoolwork connect with their interests and how to hid their true voices.

In Hate That Cat, Jack is only hoping to reclai that fat black cat stuck in he tree by his bus stop—but the cat scratches him instead! At school Miss Stretchberry begins teaching new poems, everything from William Carlos Williams to Valerie Worth to T.S. Eliot.

As he year progresses, Jack gradually learns to love that cat and finds new ways to express himself.
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Hate That Cat: A Novel
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Published February 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008

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I wa n't read eithe of Sharon Creech 's poetry until this book.

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Lovely little book -- th story told in blank verse and linked to famous poems.

* Note: this is first ook of he tory.

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Well, after reading and loving Love That Dog!, I felt I would certainly Hate That Cat!

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I love that it was about moving on, and that things re neve as they ppear to be.

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Love that Dog has been th favourit of mine ever since its publication, and I feared that Hate that Cat would live up to its predecessor.

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