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Longlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022
Winner of the 2022 English Picture Book Awards; 7-11 Fiction







40 pages

Pub Date

Oct 5, 2022



Age 6+

A Cat Called Waverley

By Debi Gliori

A poignant and unforgettable story about homelessness and enduring friendship from an internationally renowned picture book creator

Born in a city park, Waverley is looked after by his best friend, Donald. Until, one fateful day, Donald signs up to fight in a war-zone far away. Loyal and patient, the homeless little ginger cat waits for his friend at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. He waits… and waits. Years go by but Waverley never gives up. He knows that home is where Donald is. Will Donald ever return and will he and Waverley find a home at last?



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"A poignant story about homelessness and friendship."

The National Scot

"A Cat Called Waverley will tug at your heart strings with its poignant tale of enduring love, loyalty, friendship, and homelessness - and because it’s a gorgeous picture book... Waverley will promote lots of discussion: love between animals and people, separation, homelessness, hope – and a chance to explain post-traumatic stress disorder, gently but clearly pointed to."

Armadillo Magazine

"In A Cat Called Waverley, Debi Gliori has created a truly special and beautiful picture book… Powerful and poignant, ‘A Cat Called Waverley’ is one not to miss."

North Somerset Teachers' Book Award


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Debi Gliori


Debi Gliori lives in Scotland. Debi is well known for both her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice) and the Scottish Arts Council Award. Debi was the Shetland Islands’ first Children’s Writer-in-Residence. She published her first book in 1990 and since then has published so many successful books that she has lost count. She has written and illustrated No Matter What, The Trouble With Dragons, Stormy Weather, The Scariest Thing of All, What's the Time, Mr Wolf?, Dragon Loves Penguin and, most recently, Alfie in the Bath and Alfie in the Garden for Bloomsbury.


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