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Buzzing with Words: An Interview with Cat Ritchie, author of Mirror and the Bobcat

Cat Ritchie is a writer, healer, bee advocate, bird watcher, and menagerie attendant. She enjoys spending time in her gardens with the visiting birds, bees, and occasional fox or coyote. An avid reader and writer for most of her life, she lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, with her husband Don and numerous pets. Her works have appeared in The Talking Stick: Volumes 16, 17, 19, and Dust and Fire 2008. Her debut MG fantasy, Bosco and the Bees, was published January 2021 and selected by Kirkus Reviews for inclusion in their Best 100 Indie Books of the Year. Her second MG fantasy, Mirror and the Bobcat, was released September 2022.

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Mirror and the Bobcat, by Cat Ritchie

A five-inch-tall fairy. An unexpected bobcat. Powers that rival the Fairy Queen.

Mirror is a young fairy seer, able to see spirits and distant or future events from an early age, but her hidden past is creeping into her present in ways that threaten her future.

Mirror adopts an orphaned bobcat she names Ember. When Ember is threatened, Mirror saves the cat, using powers she didn’t know she had. Her new powers create challenges for Mirror, and she is ordered to submit to a formal hearing by the Royal Court of Fairy Land to determine Mirror’s future. With the support of her closest friends Bosco and Mica, Mirror is determined to face the Court’s challenge. If she fails, she may lose her home. Again.

Mirror and the Bobcat follows in the footsteps of Bosco and the Bees, a middle-grade fantasy novel that was given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews. With many of the same, beloved characters, and set in Somewhere, a fairy community hidden in the natural beauty and grandeur of the Rocky mountains, these Somewhere Stories are easygoing, refreshing adventures that young readers will treasure. Mirror’s story is filled with friendship, determination, humor, and the meaning of “home”.

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Bosco and the Bees, by Cat Ritchie

Bosco, a young fairy, lives high in the mountains of the Continental Divide. Surrounded by nature, Bosco is truly happy where he is. But he was born under a Queen’s edict: he must declare his chosen life’s path by his tenth year, or else enter into five years of servitude and mentoring in that Queen’s distant court, away from his beloved mountains.

Finding your path in life shouldn’t be too hard. Right?

His friend Mica is into rocks and volcanoes: the bigger the better. His other friend Mirror is a young seer, who has the uncanny ability to see spirits and distant events.

And Bosco’s interested in, well, everything! Especially flying. And lately, bees. But the more he studies bees, the more he realizes that his fairy community has a strong, unspoken bias against them.

Pursuing his passion, Bosco flies against fairy traditions to learn from a human beekeeper. He soon realizes how vital bees are to the health of the land and the people who live there—humans and fairies alike. But will it be enough to convince the Queen of Fairy Land?

Then a fateful encounter with a Queen bee and her hive changes Bosco’s life forever.

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