STORYLINE: Kitty Walker moves to a new town and immediately gets involved in dog showing. She comes in contact with a missing dog and follows a puzzling set of clues that lead to a trail of crime and revenge.
I LIKED: the feisty heroine of this book. Kitty feels like the genuine article, in that she has all the insecurities of a twelve year old. She’s new in town, resentful of being uprooted from her old digs and is the odd man out at school. Added to that, she has a pesky little brother who’s everybody’s favourite, a dog who won’t cooperate when he should and she can’t get anybody to take her crime-solving abilities seriously.
I COULD HAVE LIVED WITHOUT: the angst and resentment Kitty feels over friendlessness and her parents’ (sometime’s embarrassing) behaviour. (I hurt for her, you know?) However, this wasn’t painted with a heavy hand, but as part of what tweens go through in their development.
OVERALL COMMENTS: Dognapped? was an entertaining and educational read, with the added benefit of a crime solved at the end. I learned a bit about dog showing and the care of certain breeds. Clearly, the writer knows her stuff.
Kitty’s voice is lively and feisty, which makes her a strong character. Even the dogs have their own distinct personalities.
COVER NOTE: The cover reflects the theme of dognapping and so fits the story.
SOURCE: I downloaded Dognapped? from Amazon.