Molly and the Cat Who Stole Her Tongue
by Lucy Bell
Illustrated by Linda D. Martin
Eight-year-old Molly can communicate with animals, but she hasn’t spoken since her parents were killed in an accident, forcing her to live with bossy Aunt Wilma. Her classmates bully her, chanting, “Cat’s got your tongue!” Molly recruits Tony, a wise black Lab, and Rusty, a rambunctious cocker spaniel, to help her track down the tongue-stealing Cat. She gets her tongue back in a surprising way and just in time to save her town from catastrophe.
"Lucy Bell's delightful and heartful story highlights the miracles, big and small, that can come from the courage to follow our hearts, trust our talents, and speak up even when we're afraid. A lovely and goodhearted tale."
—Gregg Levoy, author, Callings (Random House) and Vital Signs (Penguin)
“In Molly’s world of the 1950’s, only one girl understands and speaks the language of animals. Animals understand and communicate with her, too—telepathically. Molly’s heartwarming encounters lead her to solve a crime, to become an animal translator, and with the animals’ loving guidance, to solve her own greatest problem. Molly and the Cat Who Stole Her Tongue sparkles with gems of wisdom and love.”
—Mary Peace Finley, Colorado Book Award recipient and author of The Midnight Ride of Blackwell Station
“What if you woke one day and could no longer talk? Follow Molly and her band of animal friends as she courageously journeys to find the “cat who stole her tongue” in order to regain her voice and her place in the world. Luminous pencil illustrations by Linda E. Martin are a perfect accompaniment to this heartwarming tale of courage and determination.”
—Nancy Bentley, Author, The Case of the Garden Monster (Scholastic) and Filmmaker, Talking Walls (YDA)
"An often delightful, unexpected coming-of-age tale that unlocks the story behind a youngster's silence."
Lucy Bell’s book, Molly and the Cat Who Stole her Tongue, is now available at two locations in Colorado Springs:
Poor Richard’s Bookstore, 320 North Tejon, and The Bookman, 3163 West Colorado Ave.