Yesterday I received a spankin’ new copy of ‘Kaspar Prince of Cats’ by Michael Morpurgo.
I stared at the cover for awhile and thought ‘huh. A middle grade book…About a cat.’ --My thirteen year old sister tried to get me into the ‘Warriors’ series but it didn’t take so I don’t know why I would order a book featuring a cat. And the honest truth is,
I didn’t order it.
At least not to my recollection.
After a moment I put the book down and studied the order form. My name was under the ‘customer name’. I double checked my amazon.fr ordering history. Nothing there. I looked at my bank statements. Nothing there either.
The book cover and the description sounded vaguely familiar. I’d swear one of the blogs I follow did a review recently. Maybe I won a copy?
So I tried looking it up on blogger, google, googlereader, etc…nothing.
And I couldn’t for the life of me remember where I’d seen it. I remember seeing the cover. And I think there was a description complementing the historical aspects of the story. And then…black hole.
‘Black hole’ is a syndrome I’ve had since I was a kid. I’ll pick something up with the intention of putting it in a ‘better place’. Then later on, when I go looking for it, I have no idea where I put it. I’ll wrack my brain, trying to remember. I’ll see myself picking up whatever it was and walking towards…boom! black hole.
It’s frustrating to say the least.
SO, what does any normal writer do when they receive a free book?
Yeah, I finished it in about an hour.
It was a really cute story. I’m not familiar with a lot of middle grade but it was written in very clear, concise language. The main characters were likeable and I did love the historical aspects about the Titanic.
SO if someone sent me the book, thanks! And if it was only a mistake made by some distributing company…well, I’m a firm believer in destiny. I’ve wanted to start bulking up on my middle grade for quite some time now and this was a great way to begin!