CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 256

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 x 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-456-3



CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 256

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-246-0

LIST PRICE: $16.95


CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 256

ISBN: 978-1-61620-312-2



A swashbuckling story of two very different cat brothers and their adventures at sea.

Cat brothers Cecil and Anton are as different as port and starboard. Cecil, stocky and black with white patches, thirsts for seafaring adventure as he roams the docks of his harborside home, taking day trips on fishing boats when the chance comes along. Slim, gray Anton prefers listening to the sailors’ shanties at the town saloon. But one day when Anton does venture to port, he’s stolen off the dock, and the next thing he knows, he’s at sea.

Knowing little of the wide open ocean that lies beyond the harbor, Cecil boards another ship in hopes of finding Anton. But what begins as a rescue mission turns into a pair of high seas adventures, with thrills and danger bubbling under every wave.

Anton takes on a fierce rat, outwits hungry birds, and forges a forbidden friendship, while Cecil encounters dolphins and whales and finds himself in the middle of a pirate raid. On an ocean as vast as the one Anton and Cecil have discovered, will they see home—or each other—ever again?

Orange Prize­−winning author Valerie Martin’s and Lisa Martin’s colorful cast of characters, rich historical detail, and lyrical storytelling will delight fans of such classic animal adventures as The Wind in the Willows, Stuart Little, and Poppy.


"Remarkable for its delicate use of language…and for its watertight descriptions of seafaring…The story is engrossing and unpredictable, with likable heroes and charming accomplices…There’s even a bit of history lurking in the background."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Enchanting…[Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin] effortlessly submerge readers in the setting through well-chosen dialogue and prose. The extensive ship and seafaring terminology will educate and enlighten…Charming."
- Shelf Awareness for Readers

"The story is well paced with descriptive language that firmly places readers in the midst of dangerous storms, sea battles, and islands full of strange animals . . .  Children who like animal fantasies such as Avi’s Poppy will find much to enjoy here."
- School Library Journal

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Meet the Authors

Photo Credit: John Cullen

Orange Prize-winner Valerie Martin is the author of eight acclaimed adult novels, including Property and The Confessions of Edward Day. She lives in Millbrook, New York.

Photo Credit: John Cullen

Lisa Martin has worked as an educator and children's poet and currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea is her first book for young readers, and the beginning of a trilogy cowritten with her aunt, the novelist Valerie Martin.

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