Kaspar Prince of Cats Michael Morpurgo Published by HarperCollins ISBN 978 0 00 726699 9 Famous international hotels like The Savoy in London, Raffles in Singapore and Hong Kong's Peninsula have welcomed guests through their doors for decades. Famous and infamous names have stayed, leaving hotel staff with a mountain of stories. After a stay at The Savoy, award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo knew exactly who was going to be the central character in his next novel. In one of The Savoy's bars, there is a statue of a black cat called Kaspar who arrived at The Savoy as the prize pet of the Countess Kandinsky, a rich Russian opera singer. Johnny Trott, one of the hotel's bellboys, helps carry the countess' luggage and the story is told through his eyes. Johnny works very hard for many hours each day. He has to deal with guests who treat him like a slave. Johnny's luck changes when the countess sweeps into the hotel. She takes a liking to the young bellboy and gives him the job of looking after her beloved Kaspar. But when a terrible tragedy strikes, Johnny is left responsible for Kaspar and events force them to escape on a ship heading for America. Unfortunately, the name of that ship is the Titanic. Morpurgo has fans all over the world who won't be disappointed by Kaspar, and neither will readers discovering this writer's magic for the first time.