Claws by Mike Grinti, Rachel Grinti


Written by Mike Grinti, Rachel Grinti

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June 2012 Debut of the Month. A richly imagined world of talking cats and strange semi-human creatures provides the setting for this humorous and touching debut novel. Following her sister’s disappearance, Emma’s family move to a grim trailer park right on the edge of the forest. Helped by a perky and bossy cat, Emma quickly she learns to navigate the neighbourhood including their neighbours – a hag on one side and a half snake creature on the other.

And a message from Barry Cunningham at Chicken House:

My cat does such strange things sometimes that it makes me suspicious of what he's really up to. Quite rightly in view of what happens in this brilliant first novel by Mike and Rachel Grinti. In the world they've created, talking cats and other strange and magical creatures live side-by-side with us humans. Imagine having a harpy as a friend or having dangerous dealings with social-networking ratters. I want to go to a glamorous faerie nightclub! But, wait, here's my cat with that funny look again.


Claws by Mike Grinti, Rachel Grinti

Emma's sister is missing. Her parents have spent all their money trying to find her and the family has moved to a trailer park for Crags - magical creatures who live on the edge of human sociey - next to the dark forest. Here Emma meets a smooth-talking cat named Jack who has a plan to rescue her sister. He shows her how to shape-shift, to develop claws and cat senses. But cat magic isn't easy, and Emma soon learns her sister is in the thrall of the faeries, the most beautiful and dangerous creatures of all.

With shades of Alice in Wonderland and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline with the accessibility of a younger Aprilynne Pike (author of Wings), this story blends high adventure and contemporary fairy tale – magical realism at its best.


"A unique, gripping tale of powerful cats, monstrous fairies, and a girl with determination and heart" – Tamora Pierce, author of the Beka Cooper series.

About the Author

Mike Grinti, Rachel Grinti

Mike and Rachel Grinti are a husband-and-wife writing team. They write middle grade fantasy, though they have dipped into YA on occasion. They met at a writing workshop in 2002, though they didn't start writing together until a few years later. They live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States.

Mike Grinti was born in Russia but moved to the US with his parents at a young age. He picked up the language quickly and fell in love with reading after borrowing The Hobbit from his school library. He's been hooked on fantasy and science fiction ever since. Mike was already writing extensively before he met Rachel, but finds writing collaboratively with his wife all the more fulfilling. Alongside his writing, Mike is a website programmer.

Rachel Grinti grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the oldest of five siblings. She learned to read when she was just three and has been reading about magic and monsters ever since. Not only is she hopelessly addicted to reading, but she tries to spread the habit by working as a children's librarian. She loves dogs, and still lives in Pittsburgh with husband Mike and their hyperactive, cowardly Boston Terrier named Miles.

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352 pages


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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

24th May 2012




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