Barney Willow's life couldn't get any worse. He's weedy, with sticky-out ears. Horrible Gavin Needle loves tormenting him - Barney has idea why. And headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire seems determined to make every second of Barney's existence a complete misery! Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there's sign of him ever coming home. Barney just wants to escape. To find ather life. To be a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy cat. Things would be so much easier - right?
Matt Haig's first novel for young readers, Shadow Forest, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award. He is also the author of various adult novels, including the bestsellers The Last Family in England and The Radleys. Reviewers have called his writing 'totally engrossing', 'touching, quirky and macabre' and 'so surprising and strange that it vaults into a realm all of its own'. His books have been translated into 25 languages. He lives in York and is currently writer-in-residence for Booktrust. He assures us he has never, ever been a cat, despite rumours he was once a rather grumpy ginger moggy named Jeffrey.