The Last Free Cat has been selected for the 2013 IRA Young Adults’ Choices reading list, the first Albert Whitman title to be accorded this honour. The IRA (International Reading Association, not Irish Republican Army, btw) is the world’s leading organisation of literacy professionals, and its young adults’ reading list is limited to about 30 titles per year. To quote the IRA website, “since 1987, the Young Adults’ Choices project has developed an annual list of new books that will encourage adolescents to read. The books are selected by the readers themselves, so they are bound to be popular with middle and secondary school students. The reading list is a trusted source of book recommendations, used by adolescents, their parents, teachers, and librarians.”
Respected US publishers Albert Whitman will be bringing out a US edition of The Last Free Cat this autumn (or fall, if you’re reading this over there). They’re very excited about the potential of the book in the States.
Meanwhile the novel has been published as an e-book by Hachette, the original publishers: nice review of this on Amazon.
The Korean edition is making slow progress, but the publishers there have huge regard for the book and its potential impact in South Korea. Hopefully there will be news of a publication date shortly.
Some people have noticed that The Last Free Cat, besides being a politically-charged thriller increasingly in keeping with the age, is also a romance: check out this considerable honour.
And film-makers please note this further compliment.
The support of enthusiastic fans of the book is invaluable. Reviews, comments on forums etc can really make a difference.