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Author Dermot O’Leary answers First News readers’ questions

14th September 2021

Author Dermot O’Leary answers First News readers’ questions

TV legend Dermot O’Leary reads an extract from his new book, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Legend of the Wildcat, and answers your questions!

THIS week, Year 6 students from The Cathedral School of St Saviour & St Mary Overie in Southwark joined First News for a special Zoom interview with Dermot O’Leary to talk about the fifth book in his Toto the Ninja Cat series, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Legend of the Wildcat. Watch Dermot read an extract from the new book before being quizzed by the student in the videos below!

Photo credit: Ray Burminston

What is Toto the Ninja Cat and the Legend of the Wildcat about?

Based on Dermot’s real-life cats, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Legend of the Wildcat sees the return of Toto and her brother Silver, who live in a townhouse in London.

Toto is almost totally blind and learned to trust her senses from a ninja cat master back in Italy where they were born. By day, Toto and Silver are ordinary cats, but by night, they find themselves having all kinds of adventures.

Toto’s brothers, Silver and Socks, and their best friend Catface have just been made Deputy Ninja Cats! But while celebrating, they accidentally break a boat belonging to a very important cat and find themselves heading north to a bootcamp for naughty animals.

Deep in the Scottish Highlands, they must climb mountains, paddle leaky canoes and prove that they can work as a team. But something isn’t quite right at the bootcamp, and Toto’s ninja senses are on high alert…

There is a local legend of a super-strong wildcat, destined to raise an army and take over all of Scotland. Toto knows she must find out more, but danger is lurking at every turn. Can she find the mysterious wildcat, before it’s too late?

Video 1: Watch Dermot O’Leary introduce his new book, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Legend of the Wildcat

Video 2: Watch Dermot O’Leary read an extract of his new book for First News readers

Video 3: Watch Year 6 students from The Cathedral School of St Saviour & St Mary Overie interview Dermot O’Leary via Zoom

Dermot O’Leary’s Toto the Ninja Cat and the Legend of the Wildcat is available from Hodder Children’s Books and is suitable for 6-10-year-old animal-loving readers. 

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