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Who Stole Halloween?

Who Stole Halloween?

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Second in the Chickadee Court mystery series starring two ten-year-old sleuths, this humourous middle-grade mystery--a Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist title--is now available in paperback.

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

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Second in the Chickadee Court mystery series starring two ten-year-old sleuths, this humourous middle-grade mystery--a Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist title--is now available in paperback.

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 ut before Halloween is gone forever!

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823419623
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Freeman is known for her humorous novels for children and young adults, including "The Trouble with Cats", "The Trouble with Babies", "Fourth Grade Weirdo", and "The Year My Parents Ruined My Life", about which Publishers Weekly said, "[Freeman's] personable characters, dry sense of humor and understanding of the adolescent mind are sure to draw a tidal wave of fans." She lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with her family. www.marthafreeman.com.

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