Able Seacat Simon by Lynne Barrett-Lee

When an orphaned kitten is found hiding on the docks in Hong Kong, he is smuggled aboard HMS Amethyst to become the ship’s cat, with the very important job of being chief rat-catcher. Based on real events, this is the story of what happened to the ship and it’s crew while on a peace keeping mission during the Chinese Civil War, as told from Simon’s perspective.


A heartwarming tale of courage and companionship, highlighting the bravery of the men and animals of the British Navy, without ever feeling like a history lesson. The glossary at the end provides explanations of all the Naval terminology used throughout the story.


Great for fans of Michael Morpurgo.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the book, via ReadingZone, in return for an honest review.


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