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.
Louis' Journey Home:
The sequel picks up the story following the climax of Rats in the Cellar; this time, following Louis, the bad boy, in whom the cat takes a special interest. After making sure Louis makes up for some of his nastier pranks, he sends him on a real adventure where he learns some fundamental facts of the multiverse. He teams up with yet another instance of Oscar, this one living in the street, a victim of his Pedophile uncle, who takes the name Blake. They go on a rescue mission to find the owner of their house from yet another universe, who has become lost in the network of worlds. In doing so, Louis and Blake find a home where they're accepted as twin sons of the man they rescued.
Peter and the Lost Boys:
In Part 2, they're off again with their new dad, who has taken the name Peter to distinguish him from the other instances of himself. This time they deal with the various instances of "Uncle Milton", Oscar's pedophile uncle. There are more twists and turns as they meet another creature of the same order as the cat.
Part 3 of the trilogy: the diary of a nuclear physicist stuck in the 18th century tells part of the story. Some unscrupulous time travellers have pre-empted the abolition movement, turning their universe into a dark world where human rights isn't even a concept. One instance of Oscar Wild Daugherty stumbles into that world, which leads to the whole group of them going in to make a difference