Kids, Kittens and Catscape: A Middle-Grade Guest Review and Giveaway
Melinda T. Falgoust
INTRODUCING THE BRAND NEW, EXCITING
Twenty funky functions. A thermometer to register the temperature…inside AND outside. A calculator to tabulate how much the latest Nintendo 3DS game will cost plus tax. Check out the time zones in New York, Paris and Tokyo. Also runs backwards….
Fergus Speight feels like going backwards. Right back to Crockett’s Watches & Clocks to return his brand-new digital watch when it starts to run in the wrong direction. But, missing minutes are not the only thing disappearing in the normally quiet Comely Bank neighborhood. Cats are mysteriously vanishing without a trace, and new friends Fergus and gadget guru Murdo Fraser are on the case.
Now, hold on, Mom. You’re going to give the whole story away. Like the part about the mysterious manhole cover where watches go backwards. Or, the spy mission that Fergus and Murdo go on to try and find out what’s under the manhole cover! And, remember how their spy microphone gets chopped in half when the old lady catches them sneaking around outside her flat?
Wait a minute! Now who’s giving too much away? We need to review the book, not tell the whole story.
Well, what’s this review business all about, anyway?
A review is when a reader shares his or her ideas about a book they read. They share what they liked or didn’t like about a particular story. It helps people decide whether or not they might like to read it.
Oh, then I really liked the action in Catscape. There were chases, and clues to follow. It was a great mystery about all those missing cats.
I’m glad you liked the mystery elements. That was my favorite part, too. I especially liked that the “detectives” for this mystery turned out to be all sorts of ages.
That’s right, Mom! There was Fergus and Murdo, who were close to my age, and Murdo’s sister Heather, who’s about fifteen, and then there was Jessie, the wild old lady in the pink sweater. I didn’t know old ladies could do karate!
Yes, Jessie is just one of the great, detailed and unusual characters Mr. Nicholson writes about in his book. Don’t forget about Beetroot and Beanface.
Those were some neat bad guys. I could really see them in my head. I also liked the bad guys’ hideout. I didn’t know they had those cool vaults underneath some of Scotland’s streets.
I know. Reading about far-away places sort of makes the world seem like it’s not that big after all, doesn’t it?
It really helps you learn things about other people and places, too, but in a fun way. So, do we tell them if they solve the mystery of the missing cats and the backwards clock?
No, I think we’ll let them discover that for themselves.
So, it will be like a surprise, then? Like when Fergus and Murdo found out…
Shhh!!! But, yes, it will be a wonderful surprise.
Pick up a copy of Catscape by Mike Nicholson (THISTLE STREET, 2012 and GRIMM, 2008), and be pleasantly surprised. Catscape is another fabulous middle-grade read in the Contemporary Kelpies line from Edinburgh publisher Floris Books. The winner of the 2005 Kelpies Prize, it was Mr. Nicholson’s debut novel. It is a well-paced, tightly plotted story with wonderfully quirky characters, and hair-raising excitement. You can learn more about Mr. Nicholson and his books at www.mikenicholson.co.uk/.
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This review was a joint effort between the Mother-Son team of Gabe Falgoust (9) and his writer/vocal coach/puppeteer/actress mom, Melinda Falgoust (age has reached the point where it, like Fergus’ watch, has started to go backward). Most of Gabe’s summer days are spent playing baseball, reading great books, and aggravating his older sisters. Melinda, when not refereeing between children, is currently gearing up for the release of her middle-grade action-adventure novel, The Gubbins Club: The Legend of Charlie’s Gold (July 5, 2013). Watch the trailer at YouTube, then buy the book at Amazon or Smashwords!