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23 November 2011 ·

Welcome to the world, Buster!

Shame, shame, shame! Between deadlines and life, I missed celebrating my new baby’s birthday: MISSING! A Cat Called Buster was published on November 8. Buster is the second in the Rainbow Street Animal Shelter series, for USA and Canada. Like LOST! A Dog Called Bear, it was illustrated by Susan Boase – and I’m happy to say that they have both been Junior Library Guild Selections.

He’s rather gorgeous, isn’t he? (Sorry, Buster, I know you’d hate to be called gorgeous – but your cover is.)

Buster isn’t fluffy or pretty like other cats—he’s a crazy orange cat with attitude. And Mr. Larsen is the exact right person for him. Every morning Buster and Mr. Larsen sit on their porch in the sun, and every morning Josh sees them when he walks to school.
When Mr. Larsen goes to the hospital and Buster goes missing, Josh and his family look for that crazy cat everywhere. But if Buster turns up, Rainbow Street Animal Shelter will have to help him find another home.
That’s when Josh and his family realize that—sometimes—life can choose a pet for you.


  1. Wendy Orr Thank you! I'm glad that you love Nim's Island and also that you love to write. Don't forget that writing is like any other skill, so that even if you have talent it will develop as you mature, and as you practise. So just go on enjoying writing your own stories, and reading lots, and you'll be surprised how much your writing will improve and take you where you want.

    Happy writing

    You might also like Nim at Sea, the seqel to Nim's Island
    November 27, 2011 at 9:23 am · Reply
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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio