Salsa! Lolcats! Revolution!

“The Cat King of Havana” by Tom Crosshill is an edge-of-your-seat tale of the mean streets of Havana — full of adventurous salsa dancing, dangerous romance, and cats.

Lolcats, specifically.

On this website:

Find out more about the book, learn to dance salsa, or discover why this site is called Catotrope.com (by watching the finest cat videos known to mankind!)

“The Cat King of Havana” by Tom Crosshill is an edge-of-your-seat tale of the mean streets of Havana — full of adventurous salsa dancing, dangerous romance, and cats.

Lolcats, specifically.

On this website:

Find out more about the book, learn to dance salsa, or or discover why this site is called Catotrope.com (by watching the finest cat videos known to mankind!)

About the Book

Rick Gutierrez is . . . the Cat King of Havana! A cat video tycoon turned salsa dancer extraordinaire, he’ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution!

At least that’s the plan.

His girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday. His crime? Uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing the real world. Known as “The Last Catbender” online—and as “That Cat Guy” at school—Rick isn’t cool and he knows it. It’s time for a change.

So Rick joins a salsa class . . . because of a girl. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. Rick might be half-Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana. The official reason: learning to dance. The hidden agenda: romance under the palm trees.

Except Cuba isn’t all sun, dance, and music. There’s a darker side to the island. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn’t just something that happens to other people. And when they find romance, it’s got sharp edges.

Available September 6 2016 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. Jacket art © 2016 Mia Nolting. Jacket design by Heather Daugherty. Editor Benjamin Rosenthal.

Rick Gutierrez is . . . the Cat King of Havana! A cat video tycoon turned salsa dancer extraordinaire, he’ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution!

At least that’s the plan.

His girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday. His crime? Uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing the real world. Known as “The Last Catbender” online—and as “That Cat Guy” at school—Rick isn’t cool and he knows it. It’s time for a change.

So Rick joins a salsa class . . . because of a girl. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. Rick might be half-Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana. The official reason: learning to dance. The hidden agenda: romance under the palm trees.

Except Cuba isn’t all sun, dance, and music. There’s a darker side to the island. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn’t just something that happens to other people. And when they find romance, it’s got sharp edges.

Available September 6 2016 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. Jacket art © 2016 Mia Nolting. Jacket design by Heather Daugherty. Editor Benjamin Rosenthal.

Praise for “The Cat King of Havana”

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Learn Salsa with “The Cat King of Havana”

Author Tom Crosshill recently spent a year in Havana studying dance at the Instituto Superior de Arte. While there, he shot a series of salsa videos at various locations featured in “The Cat King of Havana”.

To learn a few basic steps, watch the videos below! More will be posted soon!

Basic Step

Paseala

Advanced Salsa

Exhibela

Guapea

Rumba

The Best Cat Videos Known to Mankind

Or: Why Catotrope?

Rick Gutierrez, the protagonist of “The Cat King of Havana”, is a cat video tycoon. His site catotrope.com is a one-stop lolcat destination.

For this reason, one of the most difficult parts of writing the book was the research. Author Tom Crosshill spent hundreds of hours selflessly watching cat videos all across the internet to ground catotrope.com in the real world. Here are a few of his favorites.

Note: We didn’t create these videos; all the rights to the videos belong to their respective owners.

Creepy Cat

Big Box and Maru

Lazy Cat

The OMG Cat

Roomba Cat

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