Journey Home - A Cat's Tale

Young Adult - Coming of Age
158 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2019
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Author Biography

Russell H. Plante is an Engineering Physicist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine. As an author, he has had two academic publications regarding photovoltaic and solar domestic hot water energy applications published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. and Academic Press (Elsevier). In addition to his non-fiction works, he has had four novels published. His Young Adult novel, “Journey Home – A Cat’s Tale”, published in 2016, received a Gold Medal 5 Star Book Review Award from Literary Titan. His Adult-Visionary political novel, “Beware the Dither Bird”, published in 2018, was an award-winning Finalist in the Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest and also the 2020 Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal Book Award in the category for the most thought-provoking novel. His third novel, “A Sense of Purpose”, published in October of 2020, also received a Gold Medal 5 Star Book Review Award from Literary Titan; a story that provides an important life’s message for all readers. His fourth novel “The Path Before Me”, published in July of 2021, was written for Middle Grade readers for educators and parents in order to express the concepts of compassion, empathy, and the value of hope to all young readers. He resides in the State of Maine with his wife Kathy and seven cats where there’s always a chance of a blizzard during the cold winter months and time to contemplate and create meaningful stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

In a detailed account of misfortunes and joys, Russell H. Plante tells the story of an abandoned kitten that learns the intricacies of survival the hard way. While reading this fast-moving tale, I found myself constantly glancing over my shoulder at my own beloved feline friend. When Patches' human family finds itself in dire economic and personal straits, he is tossed out to fend for himself. As he attempts to survive in the “wild”, Patches encounters numerous dogs and other homeless cats, one of which is Chester who takes him under his protective wing of street advice. With Chester’s help, Patches manages to survive the cruelties of winter while establishing new kinships with a variety of misplaced pets until a serious accident lands him in a new home with ties to a previous life.

Journey Home: A Cat’s Tale by Russell H. Plante is a delightfully narrated story reflective of an age-old theme in animal fiction. Plante’s tale tugs at the heartstrings with a believable narrative and realistic descriptions even for the non-animal lover. A strong moral character foundation is evident in the camaraderie between animals and humans. Although Journey Home: A Cat’s Tale is reminiscent of existing stories, it differs in the concept that the main character basically endures his trials as a singular entity rather than with a partner. Russell H. Plante has created a story worthy of adult and young adult attention with a strong hint of screen time potential. I recommend this novel to readers of all ages and genders.