Smoky Night by Even Bunting is a story about cats and people who couldn't get along until a night of rioting brings them together. In her book, Eve Bunting addresses urban violence which was inspired by the Los Angeles riots. Although they're neighbors, Daniel's cat and Mrs. Kim's cat don't get along. Daniel and his mother don't shop at Mrs. Kim's market because they don't get along either. During a scary time they all learn the value of bridging differences. Through this story, Bunting shows the good that can come out of hard times and struggles.
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