Eleven-year-old Ned shoots a forbidden gun just once on a moonlit night and then is haunted by a guilty fear. Was it his shot that wounded the one-eyed cat? "This riveting story is spun with an eloquent simplicity that belies the skill of its telling." ("Booklist, " starred review.) A Newbery Honor Book, a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Notable Book for Children.