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Tom Pitzhugh is bored with his life. The 12-year-old main character in the short story “Bored Tom” isn’t interested in school or sports. After he takes in a stray cat, Tom wishes he could sleep all day, just like Charley the cat. Charley suggests that the two change bodies, and Tom must then decide if a cat’s life would be better than his own. The story is one of five tales about transformation in Avi’s Strange Happenings.”

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