Able Seacat Simon: The True Story of a Very Special Cat by Lynne Barrett-Lee

Able Seacat Simon: The True Story of a Very Special Cat

Written by Lynne Barrett-Lee
Illustrated by


Able Seacat Simon: The True Story of a Very Special Cat by Lynne Barrett-Lee

The abridged, junior edition of the story of Able Seacat Simon, beloved hero of the high seas. A must for Michael Morpurgo fans! When an orphaned kitten is discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 by a British sailor, he has no idea of the journey that awaits him. Smuggled onto HMS Amethyst and named 'Simon' by his new friends, the little cat quickly gets used to life on the seas and appoints himself chief rat-catcher. When tragedy strikes, Seacat Simon keeps spirits up - but it's a long and dangerous journey back to England for the heroic kitten and his crewmates . . .Inspired by real events, this is the story of 'Able Seacat' Simon's adventures and heroics in dangerous wartime seas, as told by the cat himself!

About the Author

Lynne Barrett-Lee is a successful novelist and ghostwriter with several Sunday Times bestselling titles to her name, including the Julie Shaw series of gritty Bradford-based dramas, and the global bestseller The Girl With No Name, which has been translated into 26 languages. Her recent bestseller, Able Seacat Simonhas recently been adapted for children. When not busy writing books, Lynne runs a novel writing course at Cardiff University, and pens a weekly column for The Western Mail. To find out more about Lynne and her books, visit

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208 pages


Lynne Barrett-Lee
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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

3rd November 2016



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