To Catch a Cat Thief
by Sean Cummings
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade/mystery/humor
Hundreds of cats are missing! Fear not-Penelope Ann Pickersgill and her hippie grandma are on the case. While her friends go to cool camps, twelve-year-old Penelope has to spend the summer with Grandma Bev, who is convinced that cat-eating aliens are beaming the town’s furry friends aboard their mother ship at night. Lights in the sky point to UFO’s, but Penelope is sure there’s a more logical explanation. With a little help from Sherlock Holmes, she and Grandma Bev set out to find the cats. Will they be able to solve the mystery before all the cats in Thornhill disappear?
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I found this to be a delightully funny read. The characters were quirky and witty and the pacing was smooth. The mystery was really well done and my guesses were all wrong!
I found Penelope’s character to be realistic; she was concerned about the things children at that age are concerned about. She is smart and a perfect balance to her grandmother’s quirkiness. She gets her gran to start thinking logically instead of looking for aliens as the cause of the cats’ disappearence.
Grandma Bev is funny with her hippie ways and is a tad bit obssessed with aliens and ‘the man”! She is the kind of grandmother who can be embarassing but is also cool to hang out with.
I loved the diary entries which gave a glimpse into Penelopes’s life and what she finds interesting and how she feels about the whole situation. The language used was not overly simplistic which lends itself to reading by all age groups and I think anyone looking for a quick light mystery would enjoy this; I did!
I recommend this to anyone who likes middle grade mysteries or anyone looking for a quick funny read.
About The Author
Sean Cummings is a mutli-published author with works ranging from urban fantasy (Shade Fright, Funeral Pallor) to dark fantasy and superheroes. (Marshall Conrad) 2012 saw the publication of Sean’s first young adult novel. Poltergeeks is a rollicking story about teen witch a race against time to save her mother’s life. The second book Student Bodies, hit stores in 2013. In 2014, he published The North, a gripping post-apocalyptic thriller for teens. To Catch a Cat Thief is Sean’s first middle grade novel.
Sean lives in Saskatoon Canada with his wife, two lazy cats and a spotted dog named Stormageddon. You can learn more about Sean and his books at www.sean-cummings.ca.
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