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The Underneath

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel (nominee)
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 Underneath...as 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.

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Praise for this book

"A mysterious and magical story; poetic yet loaded with suspense." - Louis Sachar


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Hardback Editions

January 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
ISBN: 1-60686-582-X / 978-1-60686-582-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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January 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Underneath (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
ISBN: 0-606-14504-4 / 978-0-606-14504-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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August 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Underneath (Thorndike Literacy Bridge Young Adult)
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
ISBN: 1-4104-1793-X / 978-1-4104-1793-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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March 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
ISBN: 1-84738-310-6 / 978-1-84738-310-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
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May 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
ISBN: 1-4169-5058-3 / 978-1-4169-5058-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

April 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
ISBN: 1-84738-311-4 / 978-1-84738-311-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
ISBN: 1-4169-5059-1 / 978-1-4169-5059-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Audio Editions

May 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
ISBN: 0-7435-7208-4 / 978-0-7435-7208-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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May 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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May 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Underneath
Author(s): Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA