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Issue Details: First known date: 1959... 1959 Half-Angel
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'A by-passed boy and a lost Siamese cat are at the center of this story about subsistence farm living and a rigid rule against pets – not only for Tim, 7, but for his older and younger brothers. When Chichiboo Lady Precious Gem escapes from her picnicking owners, she is found by Tim, is threatened with death by his father, and rescued by Tim, is hidden away to become an adored secret always in danger with his daring thefts to feed her and his fear-ridden nights of exercising her. He has to share her with his older brother after he has watched her kittens born; he has to be more careful when his mother has her fourth child; and he has to face his father's wrath when the hide-out and his beloved cat are found. But, getting in touch with the owners, there is some reward for all his care even if Tim is ungracious to their offer of money or one of the litter and, in hiding the kitten with the crooked tail, he has a new dependent to care for. A boy, numb with love for this elegant visitor to a harsh, rough and tumble farm life, who is quiet, groping, is a persuasive small fry, matching an instinctive wisdom against elder rulings, and the cat will call out that Siamese fancier audience.'

Source: Kirkus Review (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/barbara-jefferis-3/half-angel/). (Sighted: 18/11/2013)

Notes

  • Also published in French and German (no details). Serialised in Ladies Home Journal. Published as condensed book by Readers' Digest in US, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Brazil, Portugal.
  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      W. Sloane Associates ,
      1959 .
      image of person or book cover 3375068337359375263.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 126p.
      Note/s:
      • Illustrated by Charles L. Ripper.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      J. M. Dent ,
      1960 .
      Extent: 126p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1960
      Note/s:
      • Illustrated by Sarah van Niekerk.
      • Dedication: For Rosalind.
      • Epigraph on first title page: When I was a child I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things - I Corinthians: XIII.
Alternative title: Die Findelkatze : Geschichte eines Kätzchens, das vom Himmel fiel
Language: German
    • Zurich,
      c
      Switzerland,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Steinberg ,
      1962 .

Works about this Work

A Long Glowing Shadow Judith Rodriguez , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , September vol. 43 no. 3 2011; (p. 18)
'Judith Rodriguez on the enduring Legacy of Barbara Jefferis.'
Unusual Love Story - A Boy and a Cat Roland Robinson , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 December 1960; (p. 12)

— Review of Half-Angel Barbara Jefferis , 1959 single work novel
Unusual Love Story - A Boy and a Cat Roland Robinson , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 December 1960; (p. 12)

— Review of Half-Angel Barbara Jefferis , 1959 single work novel
A Long Glowing Shadow Judith Rodriguez , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , September vol. 43 no. 3 2011; (p. 18)
'Judith Rodriguez on the enduring Legacy of Barbara Jefferis.'
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