Teacher said she read this book in 4th grade. She only knows a few details.

  • The cover was black green and white with a girl on the front with a sword and helmet.
  • The story included a tortoise shell cat and she drank a purple drink.

Does anyone have any ideas about the title?

  • How old is teacher or when did she read the book? Where did she live then (US, UK, somewhere else)? What language did she read in?
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Aug 25, 2017 at 19:06
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    Is this book science fiction or fantasy? Aug 25, 2017 at 19:12
  • And what aspects made it Science fiction or Fantasy?
    – Dijkgraaf
    Aug 25, 2017 at 19:22
  • Why so it is... centres.exeter.ac.uk/historyresource/resources/ks2/… will be better.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 25, 2017 at 20:04
  • Teacher is about 35 years of age, lived in the US and English was the language.
    – Lisa
    Aug 25, 2017 at 20:15

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Somewhat ironically, I'm going to go with an answer that meets half your criteria.

Half Magic, by Edward Eager, the first book in the Tales of Magic series.

cover of "Half Magic"

Four children wish on a Half Magic coin that gets their mother Alison half-way home, rescued by Mr Smith. Mark's wish zaps them to a desert without island, where half-talking cat Carrie gabbles to a camel. Romantic Katherine battles Launcelot. Eldest Jane rejects siblings for another family. Stubborn youngest, Martha, causes a riot downtown.

A black, green and white cover with a girl on the front with a sword and helmet. Check.

It DOES have Carrie the cat in it, however her colour is never given. Nor does she drink a purple drink.

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