Slate posted an interesting article recently about the fact that while cats rule the Internet, dogs have always ruled in print. By surveying top search engines and booksellers, the author found that there are more websites about cats, but more books about dogs. I decided to check our catalog and guess what? We have 10 fiction books about cats and 20 about dogs.
Whichever side of the dogs vs. cats debate you fall on (or if you love both, like me), check out these books featuring our feline and canine friends:
Wisdom’s kiss : a thrilling and romantic adventure, incorporating magic, villany, and a cat by Cathering Murdock (FIC Murdock) — Princess Wisdom, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne; Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family; Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips; and Magic the cat form an uneasy alliance as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.
The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents by Terry Pratchett (FIC Pratchett) — A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.
The golden cat by Gabriel King (FIC King) — Tag, sage adviser and protector of the Wild Road is called upon to help when two of the three golden kittens born to the Queen of Cats, any of which may be the legendary golden cat come to heal the troubled world, disappear.
The wild road by Gabriel King (FIC King) — Tag, a pampered kitten, ventures outside his world of comfort and privilege in order to answer a call to bring the King and Queen of cats to Tintagel before the spring equinox, not realizing he will also have to face a human enemy who wants the Queen for evil purposes.
No one noticed the cat by Anne McCaffrey (FIC McCaffrey) — Regent Mangan Tighe, fully aware of the exact moment he will die, plans for the smooth ascension to the throne of his young prince, Jamas, by leaving behind Niffy the cat, an extraordinary guardian who, in her own particular way, will provide vital guidance to the new ruler of Esphania.
Time cat : the remarkable journeys of Jason and Gareth by Lloyd Alexander (FIC Alexander) — Jason and his magic cat Gareth travel through time to visit countries all over the world during different periods of history.
The grand escape by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (FIC Naylor) — After years of being strictly house cats, Marco and Polo escape into the wonderful, but dangerous outside world and are sent on three challenging adventures by a group of cats known as the Club of Mysteries.
Sniper by Theodore Taylor (FIC Taylor) — Fifteen-year-old Ben must cope alone when a mysterious sniper begins shooting the big cats in his family’s private zoological preserve.
Blitzcat by Robert Westall (FIC Westall) — During World War II a black cat journeys all across war-ravaged England in an effort to track down her beloved master.
Feral by Bev Cooke (FIC Cooke) — A street kid and a small cat experience fear, hunger, and pain in a dangerous subterranean world.
Rotten by Michael Northrup (FIC Northrup) — When troubled sixteen-year-old Jimmer “JD” Dobbs returns from a mysterious summer “upstate” he finds that his mother has adopted an abused Rottweiler that JD names Johnny Rotten, but soon his tenuous relationship with the dog is threatened.
Seize the storm by Michael Cadnum (FIC Cadnum) — On a pleasure cruise in the Pacific, seventeen-year-old Susannah, her parents, seventeen-year-old cousin Martin, and eighteen-year-old crew member Axel face off against seventeen-year-old Jeremy, a drug lord’s son, and hired killers Elwood and fifteen-year-old Shako.
Stay with me by Paul Griffin (FIC Griffin) — Fifteen-year-olds Mack, a high school drop-out but a genius with dogs, and Céce, who hopes to use her intelligence to avoid a life like her mother’s, meet and fall in love at the restaurant where they both work, but when Mack lands in prison, he pushes Céce away and only a one-eared pit-bull can keep them together.
Sorta like a rock star by Matthew Quick (FIC Quick) — Amber Appleton, living in a school bus with her mom, refuses to give in to despair and continues visiting the elderly at a nursing home, teaching English to Korean women, and caring for a Vietnam veteran and his dog, but a fatal tragedy may prove to be one burden too many for the seventeen-year-old girl.
Trouble by Gary Schmidt (FIC Schmidt) — Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin’s dying wish, sets out to hike Maine’s Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog, but fate adds another companion–the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin–and reveals troubles that predate the accident.
Stray by Stacey Goldblatt (FIC Goldblatt) — Natalie’s mother, a veterinarian with a dogs-only practice, has the sixteen-year-old on such a short leash that, when the teenaged son of her old school friend comes to stay with them for the summer, Natalie is tempted to break her mother’s rules and follow her own instincts for a change.
The dogfather : a dog lover’s mystery by Susan Conant (FIC Conant) — Dog trainer-sleuth Holly Winter tries to extricate herself from the world of her demanding new client–a Mob boss–without losing her life in the process.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (FIC DiCamillo) — Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
White Fang by Jack London (FIC London) — The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog who is part wolf and how he comes to make his peace with man.
Out of nowhere by Ouida Sebestyen (FIC Sebestyen) — When he no longer fits into his vagabond mother’s life, thirteen-year-old Harley adopts an abandoned dog and falls in with an outspoken old woman, a cantankerous junk collector, and an energetic and loving teenage girl.
Bigger by Patricia Calvert (FIC Calvert) — When his father disappears near the Mexican border at the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Tyler decides to go after him and bring him home, acquiring on the journey a strange dog which he names Bigger.
Jim Ugly by Sid Fleischman (FIC Fleischman) — The adventures of twelve-year-old Jake and Jim Ugly, his father’s part-mongrel, part-wolf dog, as they travel through the Old West trying to find out what really happened to Jake’s actor father.
Wanted – Mud Blossom by Betsy Byars (FIC Byars) — Convinced that Mud is responsible for the disappearance of the school hamster that was his responsibility for the weekend, Junior Blossom is determined that the dog should be tried for his “crime.”
Strider by Beverly Cleary (FIC Cleary) — In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents’ divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.
Watchers by Dean Koontz (FIC Koontz) — From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature.
The call of the wild by Jack London (FIC London) — The adventures of an unusual dog, part St.Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
Sounder by William Armstrong (FIC Armstron) — Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding with the help of the devoted dog Sounder, and also by learning to read.
The story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (FIC Wroblewski) — Edgar Sawtelle, born mute, lives contentedly on his parents’ Wisconsin farm helping raise a unique breed of dogs developed by his grandfather to embody the qualities of companionship and wisdom, but the death of his father and his belief that his uncle had something to do with it, force him to flee to the forest with only three yearlings for companionship, where he struggles to survive until the need to confront his uncle leads him home again.
Cracker! : the best dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata (FIC Kadohata) — A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon (FIC Haddon) — Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
- Are Dogs Funnier than Cats? (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- Cat Friend vs. Dog Friend: Your Furry BFFs in Human Form (mashable.com)
- Here’s why dogs rule literature – but cats run the Web (salon.com)