Thomas Weston has newspaper ink in his veins. He also has funny headlines running through his head 24/7. If he can convince the principal at Fairview Middle School he has what it takes, maybe, just maybe, he'll be able to make his dream of school newspaper come true. But first he has to figure out why all the cats in Fairview are disappearing!
Title: Fairview Felines
Author: Michele Corriel
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Publisher: Tire Swing Books, an Imprint of Blooming Tree Press
Publication Date: October 5, 2010
Source: Received from author. Many thanks goes to Michele for sending me this copy for review, and to Kari from the Teen Book Scene for organizing this blog tour. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
My rating: 4/5
Fairview Felines is a cute and original read. Thomas Weston wants nothing more than to be a journalist for his Mom's newspaper, or for his school paper. He has an eye for detail and once something captures his interest, he is off like a shot investigating it until he can make sense of it. Unfortunately for him, and his friends, all of the cats in the neighbourhood are disappearing. It'll be up to Thomas to solve the mystery behind the disappearances.
Thomas is a cute and endearing character. He is non-plussed when it comes to homework. He'd rather be outside looking for stories than doing his schoolwork.. He is a determined, exuberant boy whom I think most readers will find they relate well with.
There was never a dull moment when reading Fairview Felines. Early on, I figured out who the "bad guy" was, but, regardless, the execution and style of the book made it a pleasure to read. It still maintains an element of mystery as Thomas hunts down clues to find out what is going on.
This is such a great book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous as well. I'd definitely recommend this one to everyone or anyone looking for middle grade book suggestions; or are just in the mood for a cute, and fast-paced read. I really enjoyed all of the characters, and loved Leland's personality as well. The characters definitely make this book all the more enjoyable.
All in all, an excellent "newspaper mystery" full of surprises, well worth the read. This one will be going on my keeper shelf to be pulled out and re-read in the future.