Life as We Knew It

The Evans’ family cat. He has the strongest bond with Jonny, and when Miranda accidentally leaves the door open and allows him to escape during the time while Jonny is away at camp, she agonizes over how to tell him that Horton is gone. Luckily Horton makes a surprise reappearance after being missing for eight days.
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Horton Character Timeline in Life as We Knew It

The timeline below shows where the character Horton appears in Life as We Knew It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...recounts several events from her days focusing on grades, a vet visit for her cat, Horton, her friend Sammi being asked to the prom, and Megan making judgmental comments about Sammi’s... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...each of them a task: Jonny is in charge of getting water and supplies for Horton. Mrs. Nesbitt is to get paper goods. Miranda is tasked with canned soups, vegetables, and... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...schools are closed, so Miranda and Jonny stay home with Laura, and their family cat, Horton, who has been acting strangely since the lunar collision. (full context)
Chapter 8
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July 14. Miranda accidentally lets Horton outside at night. Normally he is only allowed out during the day—but his behavior has... (full context)
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July 15-17. Despite Miranda, Matt, Laura, and Mrs. Nesbitt’s search efforts, Horton is still missing. Matt warns Miranda that it’s possible Horton has been killed for food.... (full context)
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July 18-19. Miranda collapses in the woods while gathering kindling and searching for Horton. When she returns home, she and Laura argue when it’s revealed that Miranda had forgotten... (full context)
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July 22. Miranda is excited and relieved to reveal that Horton has come home. They wake up to find him yowling at the door. Laura is... (full context)
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...Jonny’s time at baseball camp and working on the farm. Miranda is grateful again that Horton was found safe, and briefly “all felt right with the world.” (full context)