The Outlaw Varjak Paw


With ‘The Outlaw Varjak Paw‘, the exciting sequel to the wonderful Varjak Paw S F Said returns to his highly popular titular character.  Varjak is living in the great Outside with his friends. However, he is a marked cat, having crossed swords with the fearsome Sally Bones, leader of the district’s ruling gang. Once again, Sally knows Varjak’s secrets and how his mastery of the Way’s mystical powers, but how?

Cast as ‘The Outlaw Varjak Paw‘, with a bounty on his head, Varjak sets out with his rag-tag band of friends and allies, to face what might be his nemesis.  S F Said is a master in building tension and excitement. Confident readers will love his characters and the stylish way his story unfolds towards its crescendo.

We recommend ‘The Outlaw Varjak Paw‘ to readers who love adventure, fantasy and tales dipped in mysticism. Confident, devoted readers will love this title.

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The Outlaw Varjak Paw

S F Said, illustrations by Dave McKean


The Outlaw Varjak Paw is the brilliant follow up to S F Said’s classic Varjak Paw.  He is a silver-blue cat with amber eyes, now living in the city with his friends Holly, Tam and a dog Cludge. It is winter and there are very few mice around so the gang are hunting for scraps of food in the city dump.  They are found by a patrol from Sally Bones’s gang. Sally Bones, a thin white cat with a single ice-blue eye controls the largest and most menacing gang in the city. Her ‘laws’ make it almost impossible for the other cats to find food. Sally is in charge because she knows a special way of fighting and is unbeatable.
Varjak also knows this way of fighting. He calls it ‘The Way’ and was taught it in his dreams by his ancestor Jalal. A member of Sally Bones’s gang, Razor, tries to take the mouse that Varjak has caught outside the dump. Varjak gets angry and uses The Way to beat Razor in a fight. Suddenly, the whole city is talking about this new cat who fights like Sally Bones, and she has put a price on the head of him and his friends. Can the outlaw Varjak Paw defeat Sally Bones and free the city from her rule?
Many of the themes of the original book are revisited here, but in a fresh and innovative way.  Varjak now lives a life completely in contrast to his pampered ‘pedigree’.  This is a rip-roaring and exciting story, while also thoughtful and moving in its depictions of friendship.

A winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year.


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