Midwest Book Review for Charm: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat by Leyla Atke

A review of Charm: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat by Leyla Atke is to be found in the June 2012 issue of our monthly book review publication “MBR Bookwatch”. Here is the review

Lorraine’s Bookshelf

Charm: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat

Leyla Atke, author/illustrator
Strategic Book Group
P.O. Box 333, Durham, CT 06422
9781609764180 $14.95 http://www.leylaatke.org

“Charm: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat” is a true story about a woman’s beloved pet cat that contains a miraculous element. Embellished with poignant crayon drawings and actual photos of the little black cat, “Charm” is a tender and gripping tale of a miraculous rescue of the lost or abandoned little black kitten whom the author found on a dangerous, busy intersection divider. Though their time together is not as long as the author wished, her love for Charm, her little black cat with six white belly hairs grows as the cat is encradled in her life and home. Due to a mysterious combination of unhappy circumstances, one day Charm disappears. In the most traumatic pages of the book the author describes finally finding her beloved pet’s remains in a deserted factory grounds nearby. She suspects some form of foul play in Charm’s death. Eventually she is able to ease her grief through a burial ritual for the remains of her beloved cat, Charm. The closing chapter contains the miraculous denouement. One morning in June, on the exact spot of the grave of Charm appears a tiny, month-old black kitten, identical in appearance to the lost Charm. The author begs her mother to go bring the kitten to her and he is restored to a healthy life with care, a bath, feeding and medical attention. Naturally, he is named Charm. Children and adults will laugh and cry through the experience of reading this brief, heartfelt book about the miracle of Charm.

Nancy Lorraine
Senior Reviewer

Here is the link to the review on the Midwest Book Review web site:


It’s the sixth one down in Nancy’s review column.

A copy of the review and a publisher notification letter had been sent to Strategic Book Group.