The Stranger Next Door

The Stranger Next Door

Meet Pete the Cat, Supersleuth. He's a chubby feline with a knack for solving the most difficult mysteries. And it appears there is a big one unfolding. Pete's owner, 12-year-old Alex, is not happy. His family has recently moved into a new housing development, and there aren't any boys his age among the neighbors. Worse, some kids at school are complaining that their favorite bike paths were destroyed to make room for the development. However, things begin looking up when a new family moves into the house next door-and they have a son, Rocky, who is Alex's age. But Rocky is a gloomy sort, for a reason that the reader is privy to but which is unknown to Alex.

Shortly after Rocky's family moves in, strange things begin happening. Street signs vanish, then fires erupt, and one burns down Rocky's house. Alex naturally wonders if his new neighbor has something to do with these strange events. Pete (who can understand people talk), of course, discovers who is behind the sinister deeds, but whenever he tries to tell anyone, they only think he is hungry or being irritating. Can the precocious puss make the humans understand in time to save Alex from danger? Author Kehret has written, in alternating voices, a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, humorous mystery featuring one of the most charismatic sleuths in contemporary fiction. Pete lovers, rejoice: there are two more novels in this series, Spy Cat and Trapped. Recommended by Barbara Karp, Librarian.

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