Lexi and Lister Defeat Death

Lexi and Lister Defeat Death is the third book in Lexi Catt’s – Tales of Heroic Scientists series for children in grades 4-6.

According to myth, cats have nine lives, and Alexander Catt II (also known as Lexi) has spent his former lives with scientists of medicine throughout history. In these adventures, Lexi witnesses medical breakthroughs and discoveries, and learns the value of hard work and integrity.

In Lexi and Lister Defeat Death, Lexi lives with “Dr. Joe” Lister, the Father of Modern Surgery. When mischievous kitten Bart “the Brat” joins the family, Lexi has his paws full. Bart’s accident gives Dr. Joe a chance to prove his antiseptic methods. As word of Dr. Joe’s life-saving work spreads, he becomes the victim of ridicule; but his perseverance and integrity win over the medical community.


Marian Keen creates an appealing way for middle-grade students to learn about important historical figures. Readers will feel like they are dropped in to the surgical world, experiencing the frustrations and triumphs with Dr. Lister, as he makes important leaps in the medical field. Keen writes in a simple yet engaging manner that allows children to read with ease and access history through literature.” Amanda Chura Chura, Teacher Librarian, Diefenbaker Elementary School

What captures me in each of Marian’s stories in the Lexi collection is how playful they are, while holding onto accurate details. The books are clearly well-researched, and they teach so much. The stories bring the history to life in a way that children can connect to, sparking their curiosity and natural sense for fun. Laura Pearson, Teacher Librarian, Ecole Elementaire William Bridge Elementary School

About the author:

Marian Keen (Meg) has been writing in a variety of genres since the 1980s, with a special interest in historical fiction for children and youth.

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