The Outlaw Varjak Paw

ISBN: 0440421721
ISBN 13: 9780440421726
By: S.F. Said

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About this book

Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the leader of a new gang. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave but sometimes naive cat? Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying. "From the Hardcover edition."

Reader's Thoughts

Samantha Lindsay

This was one of my favourite book as a child/teen. I was about to head of into high school where I came across this book accidently. This was one of the novels that started my love for books. I'd recommend this book for teens or any cat lover out there. S.F.Said done a wonderful job and I have to thank him for writing this book. This story follows a warrior cat called Varjak Paw who is the leader of a gang. It is written from the cats point of view and it follows Varjak Paws many adventures.

Althea Ann

The sequel to 'Varjak Paw' tells the further adventures of the alley cat who speaks to his Mesopotamian ancestor in his dreams - and has learned the mystical ninja-cat fighting skills of legend from him.Now, Varjak and his friends are up against a cruel gang of bullies. It's the dead of winter, food is scarce, and Sally Bones' gang is taking over the city. And, unfortunately, Sally Bones' fighting skills may be even greater than Varjak's.It's a cute story with a message of loyalty and standing up for oneself.As with the first book, Dave McKean's artwork really makes this story for younger readers stand out.


This book is about a cat named Varjak Paw and he has to defeat his enemy Sally Bones. They both know some magical power.


A great sequel to Varjak Paw, this stories plot betters the first, but the writer runs out of steam in terms of taoism

Luca A

This book is also good it's about Varjak learning 7 battle skills to defeat the evil sally bones.

Vivianne Kacal

The continuing adventures of Varjak. Some scary moments.

Lu Hersey

It's rare a sequel is better than the original story, especially when the first book is the brilliant, Smarties Prize winning Varjak Paw. Yet SF Said has achieved the seemingly impossible - making The Outlaw Varjak Paw one of the best sequels I've ever read. The book covers much darker ground than the original. A more intricate and complex plot introduces us to a range of wonderful new characters along with the old favourites, and Varjak's ancestor Jalal appears to mine even richer seams of ancient wisdom to help Varjak confront his nemesis, the terrifying Sally Bones. Deeper, sadder and yet ultimately more uplifting, the award winning Outlaw Varjak Paw is a sequel not to be missed.

Joseph Sanchez

This is a great sequel to a great book. I enjoyed reading this up to the final battle versus Sally Bones. I expected a more climactic final battle, but was disappointed in the engagement. However, the story is told well, keeping a reader interested from beginning to end. I wished for more interaction between Varjak and Jalal. I find that the lessons he learned from him were vital to his survival, but I also believe that many of the lessons could be used by the children who read this book, too. Open Mind, Awareness, Hunting, and Trusting Yourself come to mind as being realistically beneficial. In this book Varjak learns that he cannot succeed by himself. Nobody can. He enlists the aid of Cludge and his family, the Scratch Sisters, Holly, Tam, Mrs. Moggs, the 'Orrible Twins, and believe it or not, Razor. Even thinking that you have mastered everything, you will always discover that there is at least one who is more skilled or more knowledgable. It is an enlightening tale, full of action, and fun to read.

Nicola Turner

Cate loved this sequel to Varjak Paw.


the best book in the world

Tim Caines

Enjoyable but not as good as the first one. Time I went on to a classic!

Reetta Saine

Mystery, philosophy, action, adventure. Still, I preferred the first one.


I picked this book up and started reading before I realized it was book 2. I loved it so much I couldn't stop. I can't wait to read the first book as it seems people think it's better. Some of it was a bit mean and creepy.

Lisa B

This book is just so satisfying. Varjak learns about the world, about himself, about good and evil... all within a really delicious suspense / adventure / mystery. Complete with truly wicked villians, mysterious benefactors, loyal comrades and thrilling (enough) fight scenes.

Maddie Laidlaw

** spoiler alert ** This is the second Varjak Paw book and he's on the streets with Holly, Tam, and Cludge. (Holly and Tam are cats, Cludge is a dog) Varjak Paw is on the run from Sally Bones and her gang because if they find you, they'll cut of your ears and tail, the two things that make a cat a cat. So Varjak Paw plans to fight them but he has to form a small army first....

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