The Outlaw Varjak Paw

ISBN: 0552551562
ISBN 13: 9780552551564
By: S.F. Said Dave McKean

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Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang - a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave yet sometimes naive cat?Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control the lives of all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying; can Jalal's Way really be the best way?This is another thrilling adventure, eagerly awaited by all Varjak fans, both young and old.

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.

Tim Caines

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

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....


okay first things first: (((elizabeth)))!!!thank you so much for such a wonderful stack of birthday books! and for somehow creating a paperback edition of this book to go along with my paperback of the first book. i could only find hardcover editions listed online, and i like my books to match. and now they do. last week, i tore through varjak paw so i could get on this one. it is also illustrated by dave mckean, and is another dark little tale of littlecat survival in a bigcat the first book, varjak paw was taught physical fighting skills by the dream-vision of his famous cat ancestor. in the sequel, he learns how to fight a mental game - the psychological tactics that keep a cat alive in a tough world.because this time, the stakes are higher. sally bones, the super-creepy one-eyed cat who knows the same ancient fighting secrets as varjak, is taking over the city: she and her gang are barging into territories and intimidating the non-gang cats into giving them food and slowly forcing them into smaller and smaller free-zones where they are allowed to live and try to sustain themselves. "pussies," you scoff, "why don't they fight back??" oh, because sally bones' gang is big and strong and if she doesn't like you, she will have them rip off your ears and your tail which is pretty damn badass, as far as creatures without opposable thumbs go. bad kitty!so, yeah, it's pretty dark. but varjak has a motley "gang" of his own, with a dog and a classroom while he sleeps. so he's going to be okay. but some of the cats around him, cats that he considers to be friends... there will be consequences. i really like that this isn't a sweetie-pie story where all the good fluffy kitties are okay and all the nasty kitties get punished. there is a little of that, but it is still a little tougher than a lot of middle-grade fiction.this book is nearly twice as long as the first one, and the cast of characters is much bigger and more developed. i assume he is finished writing these, because this one came out in 2005, and there hasn't been another since then, but i really hope he chooses to revisit these characters, because i think this could be a successful series, if someone could keep the damn things in print!! and again with dave mckean - there is no better choice for an illustrator for this book.nicely done.

Dolly Cheer

I read this when I was ten or twelve, and I absolutely loved it. I had no idea it was a sequel, it seemed to me a stand-alone book, but I kept reading it over and over. I loved everything about it, all of the characters and events. There were some scenes I even repetitively went back to. It's an easy, quick read, it's not too violent and gruesome for young readers, it's enjoyable, and I still love it and keep it safe in my closet so it can't get ruined. This is one of those books that comes to mind when someone asks me what are some of my favorite stories. I would suggest this to anyone who likes to read fiction from the perspective of an animal, especially fans of the Warriors series.

Vivianne Kacal

The continuing adventures of Varjak. Some scary moments.

Paperback Percy London

I book most purrfect.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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