A Novella - read it in one evening
Nine-year-old Oscar Wild Daugherty lives in a very old house. The middle two floors are nice and roomy enough for the family's needs. Nobody ever ventures into the top floor, nor the cellar. They're just too spooky. And there's a set of stairs in each place that have been declared off limits to Oscar, one to a part of the roof where there's no attic, the other into the ground. They appear to be dead-ends - or are they really? Nobody knows, or cares. Perhaps they should have been boarded up.
There's also a stray cat that had come to live with them, that Oscar finds soothing whenever it purrs next to his ear at night. There's also more to the cat than meets the eye.
The story is set in a dystopian future. The power is off as often as on - video games are a luxury to be indulged only if the power happens to be on. If it weren't for the prospect of war with the neighbouring country (that could go nuclear) there would be civil war between two irreconcilable political views. And Oscar's uncle is a pedophile.
The genre: surreal, dystopian, urban fantasy, involving multiple parallel universes. Cat lovers will love this book, as well as music lovers, and seekers of the Kingdom.