Ask the Cat
by N.J. Mahayni
When 11-year-old Nick is sent to live with his aunt in Damascus, Syria, he finds himself in a strange country with relatives he barely knows and no friends. He is consoled by the large, white cat Ajax, who talks and needs Nick's help to solve a centuries-old mystery. Trying to keep a powerful magic out of the wrong hands takes them on a surprising, time-traveling journey through the Middle East.