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Missing (Crime Cats Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Wolfgang Parker

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Book Description

Cats are vanishing all over the neighborhood, but Jonas Shurmann doesn’t care. He thinks cats are spoiled brats who don’t appreciate anything people do for them. Jonas has bigger problems in his life: the ridiculous-looking chicken costume he has to wear to his class Halloween party, working at the vet’s office after school, and his math book getting thrown into the yard of a haunted house. Those are real problems!

At least that’s what Jonas thinks, until he discovers he can hear cats talk.

Through his newfound power, Jonas befriends two cat detectives, CatBob and Neil Higgins, and together they set out to find the missing felines. The mystery leads the trio on a terrifying adventure; one that takes them into the depths of a haunted mansion that holds the chilling truth behind the disappearances.

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About the Author

"Crime Cats: Missing" is Wolfgang Parker's first book for young readers and much of the material is drawn from what he suspects the neighborhood cats are up to when he isn't looking. He lives in a haunted house in Clintonville, Ohio, with photographer Kitty Maer and their cat Sascha.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3733 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Rogue Agent; Second Printing edition (7 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Kids Who Want Something Smart 14 May 2014
By Ben Sostrom - Published on
At first, I wasn't sure how I'd feel reading this book -- after all, I'm 27 and a bit jaded, so a chapter book targeted to late elementary / middle schoolers doesn't exactly scream "ME!"

But "Crime Cats: Missing" has something that I don't think most kids' books possess in this day and age: smart, engaging honesty. The entire time I was reading this, I couldn't shake the feeling I was flashing back to my own childhood, reading "Encyclopedia Brown", the Beverly Cleary books or Roald Dahl. Wolfgang Parker, in his first children's book, manages to find a voice full of truth about the joys and pains of growing up and fitting in, and does it all within a plot framework that hits the ground running and doesn't let up. The characters are all distinct and memorable, and each is treated in such a way that, by the end, you can empathize with every one of them. The prose is best suited to a 4th to 6th-grade reading level, but still provides challenging vocabulary with good context to back it, and so could be suitable for an even larger age range (I enjoyed it, after all). Also, if you're from Columbus, Ohio (and Clintonville, in particular), you'll have the added bonus of recognizing all the unique little quirks that make this neighborhood home.

I'd recommend this book to any of my theatre students, and to any child who likes to read books that can simultaneously be smart, fun, and honest. I can't wait to see what Wolfgang has in store next!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Graders LOVE Crime Cats: Missing!!!! 11 Jan. 2015
By Loren Bucek - Published on
As a third grade teacher and cat lover, I recently read Parker’s Crime Cats: Missing, to my third graders! Crime Cats: Missing introduces Parker's extraordinary neighborhood and beloved characters – Jonas, Cat Bob, and Neil Higgins – through a deliciously rich mystery that leaves you wanting more! My eight year-old students and I laughed out loud, thought hard, asked questions, and tried to solve the mystery at every twist and bend. The ending is spectacular! This book is a wonderful read! We are looking forward to reading Parker’s next book, Crime Cats: The Dusenbury Curse!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A childrens book that understands the concerns and thoughts of a child. 17 May 2014
By Eddie Kerwin - Published on
I loved this book! The characters are very individual, identifiable and likeable. Though, the biggest selling point is how well this book shows the world through the eyes of a child, a real child with real fears, concerns as well as triumphs. It doesn't talk down to them, the children are met on their level and taken through a wonderful adventure. A great read for kids and adults alike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Crime Cats! 4 May 2014
By Patricia Yanscik - Published on
You can't go wrong with Crime Cats! It's a fun, fast read with endearing characters and high adventure. Full of intrigue and spooky scenarios that are guaranteed to keep your kids enthralled and entertained. Highly recommend for children of all ages.
5.0 out of 5 stars I am fortunate enough to live/work in Clintonville and I got to ... 27 Aug. 2014
By Cat Welfare Association - Published on
I am fortunate enough to live/work in Clintonville and I got to meet CatBob and Neil this past Saturday. They're pretty awesome cats and I was happy to learn that Neil came from the shelter where I work My colleague, Meridith, was one step ahead of me as she had already read Missing and it was her enthusiasm after getting to actually meet Neil and CatBob that inspired me to read the book this weekend.
I have worked at the shelter, Cat Welfare Association, mentioned in Missing for 21 years. I teared up when I read that Jonas donated his reward money to Cat Welfare. Fun story, being one that kids and adults can read together. I certainly was entertained by the story but especailly appreciated all of the lessons that are weaved into the story along with the sense of old fashion community the cats & Jonas create. The reinteration of how to introduce yourself to a cat is such a valuable lesson. Here's hoping you'll share Missing with all of the age appropriate kiddos in your life, enjoy yourself, and see if we can't help some "Dannys" become catfriends.
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