Way Home

Way Home It s night and the dark is filled with strange sounds as Shane makes his way home On a fence he finds a stray cat that at first growls and spits at him But Shane talks and strokes the kitten to calmne

It s night and the dark is filled with strange sounds as Shane makes his way home On a fence he finds a stray cat that at first growls and spits at him But Shane talks and strokes the kitten to calmness, and decides to take the Spitfire, Kitten Number One, home with him No gang of boys, or avenue of dense traffic, or fierce dog can stop Shane carrying his new found frIt s night and the dark is filled with strange sounds as Shane makes his way home On a fence he finds a stray cat that at first growls and spits at him But Shane talks and strokes the kitten to calmness, and decides to take the Spitfire, Kitten Number One, home with him No gang of boys, or avenue of dense traffic, or fierce dog can stop Shane carrying his new found friend to the place he calls home Greg Rogers sensitive use of charcoal and pastel create Shane and his cat in splendid city at night time scenes.

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  1. Libby Hathorn is an Australian writer who produces poetry, picture books, drama, novels, short stories, and nonfiction for children, young adults, and adults Best known in the United States for her critically acclaimed novel Thunderwith, Hathorn has created works ranging from serious stories of troubled youth to lighthearted, fast paced comedies She writes of powerful female characters in her novels for junior readers, such as the protagonists in All about Anna and The Extraordinary Magics of Emma McDade or of lonely, misunderstood teenagers in novels such as Feral Kid, Love Me Tender, and Valley under the Rock As Maurice Saxby noted in St James Guide to Children s Writers, In her novels for teenagers especially, Hathorn exposes, with compassion, sensitivity, and poetry the universal and ongoing struggle of humanity to heal hurts, establish meaningful relationships, and to learn to accept one s self and ultimately those who have wronged us.

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  1. Shane is a runaway A homeless boy living on the streets One night he finds a kitten and is determined to make it his own and take it home But will he and Cat be able to make their way safely through the night This is a very dark but very engaging book for children, particularly in Year 4 and 5 Written in blank verse, it suits not only introducing children to poetry but also touches on a range of issues that can be used across the curriculum, particularly in PSHE The book engages all levels of re [...]


  2. Shane is a homeless boy who lives in the streets of a dark city He finds a cat and takes the cat home and tells him that he could feed him and keep him safe The cat had no name They ran through big buildings and dark streets to find a way home which in the end he did His journey does not run smoothly as he finds himself facing several difficulties with his bravery This book had very dark and powerful paintings pages This book is aimed for children who are in years 4 6 In the second page Shane is [...]


  3. I really enjoyed this book The illustrations are beautiful and it really touches your heart Shane is willing to go to all sorts of lengths to keep this cat safe, which speaks volumes to me I sensed that something sad would happen in this book, and this is revealed at the end, when we see that Shane doesn t actually have a real home, but lives in a cardboard box.Shane has no one to care for him, which is perhaps why he is so interested in the welfare of this cat and wants to care for it This book [...]


  4. Way HomeThis paperback is a large picture book designed, I believe, to be the catalyst for classroom discussion or used as a mechanism to encourage children to think around the story and imagine what circumstances have befallen the character portrayed It is a dark, urban story of a homeless boy called Shane who, whilst travelling across the city one night, befriends a cat The illustrations, by Gregory Rogers, are simply stunning and the text is punchy and gritty.The subject matter of the book is [...]


  5. Love using this book with KS2 Y4 children It deals with serious issues and the twist at the end always surprises children on the first reading Very thought provoking and provides a great starting point for discussions and writing.



  6. Picture books cover than ABCs and red fish versus blue fish They are as varied as novels Many titles are intended for older readers Way Home is one such book The story takes place during one night in the inner city and the illustrations vividly convey a sense of grit and darkness The streets and alleys represent danger for a boy named Shane and a wary stray cat he encounters Heeey, I like you, Spitfire, Kitten Number One Shane says He tucks the cat into his jacket You re coming home with me to [...]


  7. The Way Home is about a homeless boy s journey through the city On his way, he finds an unlikely companion and being desperate for company he wants to to take it back to his home His journey does not run smoothly as he finds himself facing several difficulties which he overcomes with his bravery The implied reader must have a simple understanding of different social classes as well as homelessness This ties in with the themes of the book which we identify as Loneliness Companionship Isolation So [...]


  8. The Way Home is about a homeless boy s journey through the city On his way, he finds an unlikely companion and being desperate for company he wants to to take it back to his home His journey does not run smoothly as he finds himself facing several difficulties which he overcomes with his bravery The implied reader must have a simple understanding of different social classes as well as homelessness This ties in with the themes of the book which we identify as Loneliness Companionship Isolation So [...]


  9. The Way Home is about a homeless boy s journey through the city On his way, he finds an unlikely companion and being desperate for company he wants to to take it back to his home His journey does not run smoothly as he finds himself facing several difficulties which he overcomes with his bravery The implied reader must have a simple understanding of different social classes as well as homelessness This ties in with the themes of the book which we identify as Loneliness Companionship Isolation So [...]


  10. In this unusual story from Australian author Libby Hathorn a young boy, Shane, finds a stray cat one night in the city, and decides to keep it for his own The story relates their journey through the streets and alleyways to his home, which turns out, surprisingly, to be what looks like a wooden box or maybe underneath a set of stairs In other words, the boy is homeless A homeless boy offering a home to a homeless cat Very unusual There are a few visual clues in the illustrations to hint at this [...]


  11. I wasn t quite sure what to rate this book, but in the end I think I d give it a 3.5 The story itself is a solid 3 The story is decent enough, as far as the writing goes, and I do think the book is a good conversation opener for introducing young readers to tough topics such as homelessness I think it s good that this story gets readers thinking about all the homeless children still in our country today having previously been on staff at a homeless shelter myself, I can vouch that this is still [...]


  12. This a visually rich and powerfully illustrated picture book by Libby Hathorn I first saw it used very successfully in a Year 6 Literacy class to prompt discussion around the characters relationship The discussion focused on how to understand through the images, language and shared journey how the relationship developed.This is a dark story of a boy wandering around the city who find a cat, and decides to adopt it and take it home They travel across the city together and encounter some scary mom [...]


  13. Accompanied with the most beautiful illustrations, this is a dark and harrowing tale about a young homeless boy called Shane Shane lives on the streets in a temporary shelter made out of cardboard You are immersed into his world as he tries to survive life on the streets The story unfolds as Shane adopts a stray cat and takes it back to his shelter You follow Shane as he attempts to it through the night alive This is a very dark but very engaging book for children, particularly in Year 4 and 5 W [...]


  14. A very odd picture book Dark, foreboding and written for older children Homeless children living on their own on the streets Street violence Prostitution It is dedicated to the largely unsung, most unseen workers for young people in need , with part royalties going to the Salvation Army Shane is a prepubescent boy living on the streets of somewhere akin to Kings Cross in Sydney He finds a stray cat sitting on a fence, and wants to take the cat back to his home, but has to navigate all the danger [...]


  15. This book is a great way to bring up the topic of homelessness It could be read along with Maniac Magee I think this book is powerful because it does not mention Shane is homeless until the very end It makes for a huge shocker I believe the topic of homelessness is not mentioned in schools very much This is a great book to use to start the discussion rolling It also mentions bullying which is very relevant in schools currently.


  16. A great book that I shared with my class as a stimulus for their creative writing Opens up opportunities for children to emphasise with those less fortunate and allows for deep and meaningful discussions in PSHE It isn t until the last page that you realise that Shane is in fact homeless, the silence in the classroom as I shared that last page and the realisation of Shane s unfortunate circumstances was incredible.


  17. This is a story about a young homeless boy who finds a friend in a homeless cat He has a great adventure on the streets of New York when bringing the cat that he has found back to his home I might read this book to a 4th grade class because there is a stress on social issues in the curriculum.


  18. I enjoyed the way the text and pictures were set out, making the pictures look torn, already giving you a sense of what the character is like great book for discussion on the subject of homelessness and pshe




  19. A picture book for kids about a homeless street kid who befriends a cat Really great, actually, as a starter for social justice issues like homelessness.


  20. Perhaps this was spoilt for me as I was told about the ending before I read it Very sad Some good illustrations.


  21. the book was ok i didnt really like it because there was not action no drama it wasnt intresting or exciting The pictures were good




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