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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
In a detailed account of misfortunes and joys, Russell H. Plante tells the story of an abandoned kitten that learns the intricacies of survival the hard way. While reading this fast-moving tale, I found myself constantly glancing over my shoulder at my own beloved feline friend. When Patches' human family finds itself in dire economic and personal straits, he is tossed out to fend for himself. As he attempts to survive in the “wild”, Patches encounters numerous dogs and other homeless cats, one of which is Chester who takes him under his protective wing of street advice. With Chester’s help, Patches manages to survive the cruelties of winter while establishing new kinships with a variety of misplaced pets until a serious accident lands him in a new home with ties to a previous life.
Journey Home: A Cat’s Tale by Russell H. Plante is a delightfully narrated story reflective of an age-old theme in animal fiction. Plante’s tale tugs at the heartstrings with a believable narrative and realistic descriptions even for the non-animal lover. A strong moral character foundation is evident in the camaraderie between animals and humans. Although Journey Home: A Cat’s Tale is reminiscent of existing stories, it differs in the concept that the main character basically endures his trials as a singular entity rather than with a partner. Russell H. Plante has created a story worthy of adult and young adult attention with a strong hint of screen time potential. I recommend this novel to readers of all ages and genders.