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“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Summary: With Dad and Mum in Africa, Theodora (who prefers the name T-Bird) is going to spend the summer with her Aunt. Not long after she arrived, T-Bird learned that the cats on the island were disappearing. With the help of her new friend Rexie, they're determined to solve the mystery. This is a chapter book for cat lovers and those who like mysteries.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read youreself: 10 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: The book tells a very delightful story. It has a very intriguing and appealing storyline with unique and elaborate characters, but I was distracted by the common misuse of grammar. This story would be most suitable for children ages 6 to 12, or maybe in their teens.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is fine, but the main characters could use some depth. The magical elements have great potential but seem to drop from the sky at times. The plot is quite predictable, with the "bad guys" presented pretty early in the book.
Pros: The story is a wholesome read. It's a mystery with no violence and some fun magic elements. This charming story would be a nice gift for a cat lover or a kid who likes a little mystery and fantasy. Overall, T-Bird and the Island of Lost Cats is an easy read for a range of ages and appeals to many different types of readers.
Cons: This isn't suited for classroom use, as there are grammatical and punctuation errors that need resolution.
Borrow or Buy: Skip it. We've seen a number of stronger books whose plots weave teen mystery and summer vacation.