Who Stole Halloween?

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Second in the Chickadee Court mystery series starring two tween sleuths, this humorous middle-grade mystery is a Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist title.

Alex and Yasmeen are back in action, this time on the trail of a serial cat-napper. Halloween is the first cat to go missing, stolen right from her bed on the front porch in the middle of the night. One by one more cats from the neighborhood disappear. It's rumored that the Harvey House Ghost...

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Overview

Second in the Chickadee Court mystery series starring two tween sleuths, this humorous middle-grade mystery is a Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist title.

Alex and Yasmeen are back in action, this time on the trail of a serial cat-napper. Halloween is the first cat to go missing, stolen right from her bed on the front porch in the middle of the night. One by one more cats from the neighborhood disappear. It's rumored that the Harvey House Ghost is back and seeking vengeance. Will he strike again? It's up to Alex and Yasmeen to find out before Halloween is gone forever!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
And older readers who enjoyed meeting detectives Alex and Yasmeen in Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas? (which, according to PW, featured "breezy dialogue and some madcap moments") can join the duo on another adventure, Who Stole Halloween? by Martha Freeman. This time the sleuths solve the mystery behind a series of cat-nappings, and in particular a black feline named Halloween. The two pick up plenty of clues and tips from the kooky characters who grace Chickadee Court. Their investigation involves a ghost story, and they find that there is more than one mystery to be solved-plus a satisfying twist. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
No, nobody has made off with the holiday, but rather a black cat named Halloween. Alex and his friend Yasmeen are once again sleuthing. Alex a bit reluctantly, but once into the mystery he gives it his all including using his own pet cat as bait. It seems that there is a catnapper involved and mistreated cats appear to be disappearing from the town right around Halloween. There are red herrings and subplots about the town ghost and a murder that took place many years ago that the kids actually solve. Other facets of the story include Alex's mom who is a police officer and his Dad who is the one who stays at home to take care of his son. Alex's friend, Yasmeen is the real brains of the duo and the despised Sophie turns out to have a real talent—one that helps them crack the case. It is an engaging story that moves at a fast clip and will encourage those who did not read the first mystery—Who is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas? to seek it out. I wonder what holiday will be next in the series? 2005, Holiday House, Ages 7 to 10.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Alex, his remarkable cat, and Yasmeen are back in their second romp that started with Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas? (Holiday House, 2003). While following Luau into the local graveyard, the two friends find a flyer from a boy in their school asking that his cat be returned. As they investigate, Alex's mom, a local police detective, finds that more and more felines are disappearing, and some witnesses think maybe a ghost is responsible. Legend has it that the Harvey house is haunted because of a murder in 1879. The story unfolds to a satisfying resolution to both mysteries. Characters are well drawn, and the book will entice even reluctant readers with its action and humor. Fans of the first book will enjoy it, but it stands perfectly well on its own.-Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The trio of sly sleuths from Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas (2003) is back as Yasmeen, Alex and his cat Luau pursue a serial catnapper in the neighborhood. Visits to the spooky cemetery, the ghost tale of a man who murdered his wife, a weird health food store and suspicious neighbors drum up plenty of red herrings to challenge their deductive skills. Luau is even used as a decoy and gets nabbed. The title refers to the holiday as well as a cat named Halloween. Clever devices will keep the reader guessing. Though events from the first installment are referred to, the story can stand alone. Fans of the Christmas mystery will savor this one, as good as eating Halloween candy, and they'll definitely want a third. Both tricks and treats in this enjoyable younger mystery. (Fiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823419623
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Freeman entertained many different professions-reporting, freelance writing, copyediting, and teaching-before becoming a children's book writer. Much of her writing material is inspired by her three energetic children. She is the author of many popular books for children of all ages, including The Trouble with Twins, The Trouble with Babies, and The Trouble with Cats. Of The Trouble with Cats, School Library Journal said there was "excellent plot development and characterization." She lives in Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    AWESOME!!!

    This book is one of the best books I've read. It's funny and it is easy to read. Ihighly reccomend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    Best Book Ever!

    WHS'who stole halloween'is a very very good book. It has mystery,and a little bit of horror. It looks like a big book but the words are large and the story is actually very interesting. The ending is the best! It has a little bit of scariness but not to make you hide under the bed! I really recommend this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Tiger

    Whats this about ravenkit?
    I just join evil clan yesterday, can we take her as ours?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Dismay

    The shecat turns to look at Rose for a second. She puts Ravenkit down and puts a paw around her. She spoke in a warning, cold tone. "You touch this kit again–Or any other cat in LeafClan– l will have the Z.O.R. on your bu<_>tt within seconds." She picked Ravenkit back up and let into the shadows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Love it

    At my old elementary school i literly used to read this book 5 times in one year. I recomended this book to someone that likes to read about mystery and a little horror. :)

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