The Cat That Changed America is based on a true story, with an imaginative retelling for children, and illustrated by Louise Goves.
The book is scheduled for publication on October 22nd (P22 day in California) by Sabana Publishing and can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK and Amazon US
The book is a heart warming, captivating and entertaining story of the life of a juvenile mountain lion, which also has an underlying conservation message for young readers. P22 has a huge fan club, not only in the States, but internationally, as conservationists try to raise money to build a wildlife crossing over the 101.
About the Book
P22 mountain lion is born in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains outside Los Angeles in California. But he is forced out of the mountains by Prime, a fierce older male lion who wants him dead. He heads east to stake out a new territory of his own in the big city of bright lights. Along the way, he makes friends as well as enemies, and crosses two freeways, the 405 and 101. He passes through the City of Stars at night, and strolls down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, all the while trying to avoid those bothersome humans. After more adventures, he reaches the edges of Griffith Park. Can he make it his new home?
And now for the cover…
Then the biggest and ugliest looking mountain lion that P22 had ever seen emerged from behind a tree. He had a thick brown coat, enormous paws, and muscles bulged from his long limbs. His name was Prime.
“Good Evening,” said Prime, with a smile, baring his enormously long teeth. “Looks like you’re having a dinner party, and forgot to invite me. Now what kind of manners is that?”
“We were just passing through,” Mom said. “We’ve finished now and we’ll be on our way.”
The Old Male snarled another smile that made P22’s hairs stand on end.
“Just passing through?” he said. “This kill looks and smells a day or two old. You’ve obviously been here before.”
“We’ve stuck to our territory,” Mama said bravely, even though she was quivering a little inside. Prime was about twice her size and she knew that she’d stand no chance against him in a fight. “But the deer have gone further west. Even though we are close to yours. As I said, we’ll leave now.”
The old male leered at the two lion cubs who despite themselves, tried not to quaver.