A cat that poops on the rug, defying orders from a major! Add Miss Strum (the roofing contractor) who threatens to call the ASPCA, Diana Hunt (an animal communicator), and Wren (the young girl of the house) and you have a great story about a military family, moving, and a cat with a bad attitude! Praise for The Contumacious Cat If you know a child who loves to learn and correctly use new words; if you know a child from a frequently deployed military family; or if you know (or ARE) a child of any age who has ever loved a contumacious cat, then do that child and yourself a favor by buying and sharing this delightful book. You will not soon forget 10-year-old Wren and her efforts to save her ill-mannered cat Grrr from the wrath of her angry military-minded father after Grr demonstrates her displeasure about being displaced by the new baby in the family by soiling the major’s prized Persian rug. In a few well-chosen words and with page after page of charming and clever illustrations, Gail Kenna manages to painlessly teach valuable lessons about the virtues of Compassion, Compromise, and Communication. Anne Carey – September 22, 2017 You really got my kids with the humorous incident about the cat, the rug, the dog, and the major. Thanks for sharing this story.” Dr. Patricia Monge-Meberg, M.D. “What a joy to read a book that can capture a child’s imagination and at the same time introduce new “grown up” words. The Contumacious Cat is humorous and poignant, especially for families who face deployment. I can hardly wait for our granddaughter to be a little older so we can enjoy this lovely tale together.” Sandy Bensky, retired reading teacher “The book is so lovely … the story itself, the illustrations. Every detail is perfect. Sharing it with the girls (granddaughters) was fun. The eight-year-old, a budding artist, loved the art work, and both girls were taken with the subtle humor. The sweet resolution amidst the complications of deployment for the parents was just right.” Mary Stuart, retired English teacher
Gail Wilson Kenna has taught in university and college programs in Germany, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Colombia. In the United States, she taught for Chapman College, National University, and American University in D.C. The wife of a retired Air Force colonel, the mother of two daughters and two grandchildren, the author of four books, Gail now resides in the Northern Neck of Virginia on a creek of the Chesapeake Bay.
From 2005 to 2016, she taught literature and writing courses for an adult institute of the Rappahannock Community College. The recipient of many writing awards, she won the 2012 Donald Axinn Fiction Scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. In 2017, after winning five awards in the 25th Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition in San Francisco, Gail was asked to be the Judge/Sponsor for Creative Nonfiction, replacing a judge who held the position for nine years. Currently she is revising her fifth book, a novel.