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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Spending the summer at her eccentric grandmother’s house eating organic food and listening to conspiracy theories ranging from the use of high fructose corn syrup to genetically modified crops to alien invasions was not Penelope’s idea of fun especially when her friends are having the time of their lives at summer camp and other activities. That all changed though when over 200 cats go missing in the town of Thornhill. It’s up to Penelope and her hippie grandmother to follow the clues in an investigation to find the missing cats and along the way, having the time of her life and discovering that her grandmother is kind of cool.
During the course of the investigation, Grandma Bev is convinced that it is either aliens or a corporate conspiracy that is behind the cat thefts, but Penelope tries to rely on facts thanks from some help of Sherlock Holmes sleuthing skills. As the two follow possible leads, Penelope tries her best to keep her grandmother on a more logical and sensible track which proves to bit quite the challenge but makes for a really entertaining story.
To Catch a Cat Thief is a delightfully fun and engaging story that had me giggling and smiling throughout. This book is a quick read that held my interest wanting to know if the mystery could be solved and I must admit that it is one of the cutest books I have read. It is well-written, well-paced, and has extremely likable characters. It’s a perfect book for young readers or even adults who enjoy a fun story.
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.