Published by Peachtree Publishers on October 2011
Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Cheshire Cheese Inn. When he learns that the innkeeper is looking for a new mouser, Skilley comes up with an audacious scheme to install himself in the famous tavern.
I felt like I won the lottery when I found that Katherine Kellgren was narrating this wonderful looking middle grade novel. I'd been meaning to read this one because of the Dickens reference and finally had the chance to listen to it on audiobook from the library.
I just love Kellgren's narration. The story is a fun one, about an alley cat who does not actually like to eat mice, but cheese instead. So when he is given the opportunity to earn his keep at the famous Cheshire Cheese Inn, he fakes his way into seeming like he is catching mice. In actuality, he has made a deal with them to not eat them, in return for some cheese.
But, there is more going on than just that. A raven is staying at the Inn as well, and he has a story that will change the lives of all that meet him. And there is Charles Dickens, who is the other narrator of this story. He is trying to find a first line for his latest book when he finds himself intrigued by Skilley, a cat who is more than what he seems to be.
Verdict: I just loved how this story was inter-weaved into a few different tales and how it all comes crashing down at the end in a scene that is unforgettable. Definitely a story I will not be forgetting soon.