In a contemporary fairytale as irresistible as catnip, one girl discovers that some magic cuts deep...

Emma's sister is missing. Her parents have spent all their savings on the search. And now the family has no choice but to live in a ramshackle trailer park on the edge of the forest, next door to down-and-out harpies, hags, and trolls. Emma wonders if she'll ever see Helena, and if she'll ever feel happy, again.

Then she makes a friend.

A smooth-talking, dirty-furred cat named Jack. He's got a razor-sharp plan to rescue Emma's sister. He just wants one small favor in return...


Couldn’t you turn yourself into something so they couldn’t find you?" Emma asked. "Cats do that sort of thing, don’t they?"

"Other cats do. Unfortunately, these days, I’m without a pride. No pride, no magic. My attempts to correct this have only caused me trouble. Though . . ." He eyed Emma and began to scratch lazily at the curtains with one claw.

"Though a new opportunity might present itself soon enough."

Emma sat back down on the box. "I’m sorry you lost your pride and your magic and stuff. I lost someone, too. My sister."

"Oh, please. We’re talking about cat magic, the most powerful magic in the world. What good is a sister?"