|Ratha is on the trail again!
|Beautiful image from cover artist Michele Chessaire
Hi Ratha fans!
This is Clare Bell (author) announcing that a new Ratha novel, Ratha's Courage, has been
written, accepted and will appear in hardcover in Spring 2007. The publisher is Viking Penguin and the line is
Firebird Books. Firebird Editor Sharyn November encouraged me to write another Ratha, saying that a new novel of
the Clan could push the others back into print.
Firebird is also issuing the other Ratha books as paperbacks. The Firebird editions of Ratha's Creature and Clan
Ground will appear along with the new title. Ratha and Thistle-chaser plus Ratha's Challenge will follow in
Ratha, Fessran, Thakur, Thistle-chaser, Bira, Cherfan and the rest of the Named clan-cats are back, along with some
intriguing new strangers. And don't forget the treelings (and the dapplebacks, three-horned deer, and other creatures in Ratha's
My thanks to Sharyn November and Firebird for giving a dream new life.Also to the dedicated readers
who couldn't forget Ratha and the Named.
Firebird editor Sharyn November, known for her work with young adult readers
Announcement of Ratha's Courage on the Curtis agency website
|Ratha looks at the award honoring her story
|The International Reading Association's Childrens' Choice Award
RATHA'S CREATURE, Atheneum, Margaret K. McElderry, 1983. Winner (shared) 1983 IRA's Children's Choice Award.
Also on ALA Best Books for Young People, 1983. This first book in the series begins with young Ratha's discovery of "her creature"
(fire). It introduces the clan of the Named, big puma- and cheetah-like cats who have a herding society, laws and leaders. It
also depicts the UnNamed and Bone-chewer, Ratha's irreverent outlaw mate.
CLAN GROUND Atheneum, Margaret K. McElderry, 1984. ALA Best Books for Young People, 1984. Explores the effect of "Ratha's
Creature" on Ratha herself, a politically astute stranger, Orange Eyes, and the rest of the Named.
RATHA AND THISTLE-CHASER, 1990. McMillan, Margaret K. McElderry, 1990 ALA Best Books for.Young
People, 1990. Thistle-chaser is Ratha's crippled and abandoned daughter. When the two are brought together by the herding
teacher, Thakur, both have to deal with the conflicts that forced them apart and discover those that could bring them together.
RATHA'S CHALLENGE, McMillan,. MKM 1992. When Ratha and the Named discover another band of cats with equal but
differing intelligence, Ratha has to look beyond the needs of the clan in order to reach out to them. Her daughter,
Thistle-chaser, plays a critical role in the clan's decisions and actions.
RATHA'S COURAGE, (forthcoming) Viking-Penguin hardcover Firebird 2007. After successfully dealing
with the band of hunting cats and their leader, True-of-Voice introduced in "Challenge", Ratha is taken aback when the
befriended tribe apparently turns and attacks the Named. While struggling to find a reason and an answer to
the mystery, Ratha discovers that courage isn't just about being brave in battle.