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Adrift on St. John by Rebecca M. Hale
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars by Daniel Pinkwater
Bad Girls by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Bluffton by Matt Phelan
Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel by Marissa Moss
Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
Bullying Under Attack by John Meyer
Dead City by James Ponti
The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis
Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
Dear Teen Me by E. Kristin Anderson
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats
Good Night California by Adam Gamble
How to Moon a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
How to Tail a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
Junie B., First Grader, Shipwrecked by Barbara Park
Looks Like Daylight by Deborah Ellis
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor
A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker
The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater
Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock by Bill Peet
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel
Voltron Volume 1: Shelter from the Storm by Brian Smith
Wandering Son: Volume 1 by Shimura Takako Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

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4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for How to Moon a Cat

How to Moon a Cat: 05/05/14

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How to Moon a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale is the third of the Cats and Curios series. The frog escapade has led to a new caper involving toy bears and California statehood. It's the first book to spread beyond the bounds of San Francisco.

Every year California hosts a bicycle race that runs from the gold rush country, through the wine country and down the coast to Los Angeles. Oscar's old group of friends get wind of a mystery that could lead to the original California Republic flag.

Oscar's niece, having found a toy bear at the Green Vase with the location of the first leg of the race decides to tag along with the Mayor's assistant. Rather than leave the cats at home, they devise a way to bring them along

Fortunately for this series, the cats though characters, don't do anything extraordinary or un-cat-like in the service of solving the mystery. The cats are cats and they are there to make the cozy, cozier. But they aren't as ridiculous as Koko and Yum-Yum.

On the other hand, anything and everyone can be a character in these books. Cats, frogs, the moon, a brick. Normally this sort of thing pulls me right out of the story but Hale does it with humor and aplomb.

Five stars

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