Reviews for Trapped

Booklist Reviews 2006 December #1
Punctuated by italicized interjections from a feline coauthor, who inserts himself into the tale as a major character, this uncomplicated animal-rescue adventure opens with the discovery of an illegal game trap and closes with an arrest. In between, young Alex--with friends, family, and, of course, his pet--faces off against Hogman, a scruffy, abusive ne'er-do-well with a gun. Having helped rescue workers save a pig that falls from Hogman's recklessly driven truck, Alex suspects the tough-talking hermit of setting traps, but it's the cat who finds the evidence--and who is nearly shot in the suspenseful climax. Despite major holes in the story's internal logic, young fans of Spy Cat (2002) and Stranger Next Door (2001) will enjoy watching the cat expedite Hogman's apprehension while grousing that his human associates are too dim to realize that he's trying to communicate with them. ((Reviewed December 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Both Alex and his cat Pete ([cf2]The Stranger Next Door[cf1], [cf2]Spy Cat[cf1]) narrate this thriller (with Pete's snarky contributions in italics). After rescuing an illegally trapped pig, Alex and his friends are determined to protect it. But then the pig's owner kidnaps Pete and threatens to kill him. Kehret's unusual narrative team and the story's expert pacing contribute to a satisfying read. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 November

Gr 5-7 Alex Kendrill and his friend Rocky are exploring in the woods when they discover an illegal animal trap. Shortly thereafter, Alex witnesses a pig falling off the back of a truck driven by a reckless driver, and he and his friends and family rescue it. When its owner shows up to claim it, the Kendrills refuse to release it. When Hogman again attempts to reclaim the animal, he kidnaps Alex's cat, Pete. His family then sets out to locate the feline and prove that the man is involved in illegal trapping. Kehret has a unique writing style, and the text includes long stretches of story narrated by Pete. Some of these scenes are deliciously snarky, with the cat looking up words in the dictionary that start with the letters c-a-t and giving a detailed description of coughing up furballs. The technique is also effective when he describes what happens to him during his kidnapping. Animal lovers will get a kick out of this intriguing mystery. Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH

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