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Trapped
     

Trapped

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by Peg Kehret
 

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When a pig falls from a truck and the driver doesn't stop, Alex saves the frightened animal and gets permission to keep it. Then the belligerent truck driver shows up at Alex's doorstep, determined to reclaim the pig. Alex's parents turn him away, but Alex worries that he'll be back. In the man's truck, Pete the Cat finds evidence that "Hogman" is involved in illegal

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When a pig falls from a truck and the driver doesn't stop, Alex saves the frightened animal and gets permission to keep it. Then the belligerent truck driver shows up at Alex's doorstep, determined to reclaim the pig. Alex's parents turn him away, but Alex worries that he'll be back. In the man's truck, Pete the Cat finds evidence that "Hogman" is involved in illegal trapping, but, as usual, Alex and the other humans don't pay any attention to him. The danger grows when Hogman kidnaps Pete. Trapped is another thrilling story from a favorite mystery writer and her humorous cat.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is an adventure story with a little difference—part of it is narrated by a cat. And not just any cat: Pete the Cat is a talented detective, able to solve mysteries that stymie his human friends; his only problem is communication. When he tries to speak English, they hear only meows. He can read, too—"at the shelter, they lined my cage with newspaper," he tells us, and now his favorite book is the dictionary. He especially likes words beginning with the letters CAT. All this is a little distracting from the story, but it's so cleverly handled (with Pete's narration in italics) that readers who know cats may be willing to suspend disbelief. Alex, Pete's "owner," and his friend Rocky find a leg-hold trap in the woods. Knowing how dangerous it is, they use a stick to make it go off, and go home to tell their parents. Their neighbor is an animal rescue activist, she notifies the proper authorities, and that seems to be the end of it. It's not, of course. Joined by the neighbor's granddaughter, the next day they see a truck being driven rather erratically with a load of pigs. One of the pigs falls off the truck, but the driver doesn't even slow down, and so the three "rescue" the animal, name her Piccolo, and make a place for her at the neighbor's house. The point of view shifts to the truck's driver, who not only takes pigs to the slaughterhouse, but sells the skins of any animals he manages to trap in his illegal leg-hold traps. If that weren't enough, he is also working under an assumed name. So we know he's a bad guy. The very next day, he finds the kids guarding the pig and tries to bully them into giving her back to him. Of course they refuse, so he threatens to comeback and take her. Meanwhile, Pete has been investigating the truck. He sees the pile of animal skins, and takes action by biting off the rabbit's foot; when he sees an invoice, he takes it and the foot and hides them. Yes, the story gets confusing because it's so busy, but the characters' reactions are so absolutely child-like—and cat-like—that we can't wait to see what happens next. Recommended.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Alex Kendrill and his friend Rocky are exploring in the woods when they discover an illegal animal trap. Shortly thereafter, Alex witnesses a pig falling off the back of a truck driven by a reckless driver, and he and his friends and family rescue it. When its owner shows up to claim it, the Kendrills refuse to release it. When "Hogman" again attempts to reclaim the animal, he kidnaps Alex's cat, Pete. His family then sets out to locate the feline and prove that the man is involved in illegal trapping. Kehret has a unique writing style, and the text includes long stretches of story narrated by Pete. Some of these scenes are deliciously snarky, with the cat looking up words in the dictionary that start with the letters c-a-t and giving a detailed description of coughing up furballs. The technique is also effective when he describes what happens to him during his kidnapping. Animal lovers will get a kick out of this intriguing mystery.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525477280
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/19/2006
Series:
Peg Kehret's Pete the Cat Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Peg Kehret was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, spent fourteen years in California, and now lives with her husband in Washington State. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, one dog, and one cat.

Peg's novels for children are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won many state "young reader" or "children's choice" awards. Peg's characters are ordinary kids who find themselves in exciting situations and who use their wits to solve their problems. There is usually humor as well as suspense in her books. A long-time volunteer at The Humane Society, she often uses animals in her stories.

Before she began writing books for children, Peg published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.

At the age of twelve, Peg had polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. Because she can remember that experience and her year of recovery so vividly, she finds it easy to write in the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen year old. Most of her main characters are that age. Her autobiography, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, won the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Children's Literature.

When she is not writing, Peg likes to watch baseball, bake cookies, and pump her old player piano.

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