Gracie the Lighthouse Cat

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

One stormy night Grace, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter, spots a ship in trouble on the rocks. At the same time, the lighthouse cat, Gracie, discovers that one of her kittens has strayed. Grace and Gracie both hurry to the rescue, braving the rain and storm. Grace alerts her father and together they set out in the lifeboat to save the passengers. Meanwhile, Gracie ventures into the dark night and howling wind looking everywhere for her lost kitten.

The dual stories—one told only in pictures, the other in both pictures and text—illustrate the bravery of two rescues in 1838, which saved thirteen people from a shipwreck and one poor kitten from a terrible storm.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.7
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV041020, JUV029030, JUV002050
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 640
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 141845
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best-loved children's books. Her prizes include the Earthworm Award, English Association Award, the Prix Sorciére, and three Kate Greenaway Medal shortlistings. She is married to artist Ken Brown, and they have two grown sons and two grandchildren.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2012


The Horn Book Guide

“Expressive watercolors capture the ferocity of the storm as well as the coziness inside the lighthouse in both rescues’ aftermath.” —The Horn Book Guide

The New York Times Book Review

“This true story of a double rescue in 1838, in which Grace Darling, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, alerts her father to a storm-struck ship at the same time the lighthouse cat, Gracie, discovers one of her kittens is missing, is illustrated with lush, expressive paintings. From the cat’s-eye view, the human drama, in which 13 people were saved, is relegated to backdrop. A historical note about Darling, a heroine in Victorian England, appears on the endpaper.” —The New York Times Book Review

Foreword Reviews

“Words like ‘cozy’ and ‘parlor’ shine like beacons in this tale, reminding the more fortunate among us that there’s no place like home.” —ForeWord Magazine

Kirkus Reviews

“Brown’s elegant pictures (no one does cats quite like her) suggest, in the best possible way, Classics Illustrated comics, and her story is similarly robust and interesting.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Attractive, painterly renditions of the treacherous sea as well as the emotional features on the faces of the animals will draw children into the suspenseful tale.” —School Library Journal