News from Vermont's Times Argus via San Antonio's Vincent Davis' review.
This is Kathi Appelt's first young adult novel
The Underneath, Simon & Shuster Children's Publishing, $16.99, chosen as a 2008 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
"The story unfolds under a porch in the Piney Woods of East Texas, where a calico cat and her two kittens hide from becoming alligator bait with an unlikely ally, an abused hound dog. Ancient, mythological creatures, a menacing hunter and danger inhabit the mysterious world that the four animals hide from in a dank and dark place."
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