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 Kat Wolfe investigates (Wolfe & Lamb mystery)
 Author: St. John, Lauren

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 292 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 842329 ISBN: 9780374309589
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Pet sitting -- Fiction
 Money-making projects -- Fiction
 Missing persons -- Fiction
 Mystery and detective stories
 Dorset (England) -- Fiction
 England -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

In Dorset, England, twelve-year-old Kat Wolfe opens a pet-sitting business, but the owner of her first client goes missing and only her new friend shares Kat's conviction that the parrot's owner is the victim of foul play.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 500183

   Kirkus Reviews (09/15/18)
   School Library Journal (10/01/18)
   Booklist (12/15/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Katarina, better known as Kat Wolfe, and her veterinarian mom are happy to move from busy London to a new practice on England's Jurassic coast. The town of Bluebell Bay seems idyllic: their provided home comes complete with a genuine wildcat named Tiny and the veterinary office is filled with friendly, albeit demanding pet owners. Needing money for a new laptop, Kat begins a pet-sitting service. When the owner of her first client, an action film–loving parrot named Bailey, appears to have gone missing, Kat resolves to get to the bottom of the situation. While most of the adults in town, including the local constable, think there's nothing amiss, Kat finds a kindred spirit in another of her clients. Harper Lamb, an American girl whose father is a visiting professor, is laid up with two broken legs. Her lack of mobility has not slowed her quick mind and tech-savvy fingers, both of which help Kat immensely. The story barrels along at high speed with just the right amounts of suspense and humor. The complex plot is populated with eccentric and entertaining characters, both human and animal, including Kat's mysterious grandfather, a feisty retired librarian, and a skittish racehorse. The Briticisms are easily understood through context. St. John's (The White Giraffe) love and knowledge of animals is strongly evident. VERDICT An intriguing story with an emphasis on research and technology. Mystery and animal lovers will not be disappointed.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/15/2018 Kat Wolfe loves animals. She's grown up around them, and has a special way with them. Her mother, who's a great veterinarian, isn't so great with money—she is known for not charging patients, which irks other members of her practice to no end. After a home-burglary attempt goes awry, Kat and her mom move to the beautiful Jurassic Coast seaside. While Kat adjusts to her new life and attempts to get her pet-sitting business off the ground, she starts experiencing strange coincidences. Something seriously strange is going on in this seemingly idyllic town, as a pet owner vanishes, a mysterious package arrives, and there even seems to be an assassination plot brewing. But Kat, and her new friend Harper, who is currently recovering from two broken legs, are up for the sleuthing challenge. In Kat, readers will find a British Nancy Drew, with plenty of animal sidekicks. A fun global look at seaside inhabitants, animal science, and the power of persistence. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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