Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book Review: 6th Grade Revengers: Cat Crimes and Wannabes by Steven Whibley

6th Grade Revengers: Cat Crimes and Wannabes, by Steven Whibley
2015, 116p, Middle-Grade Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy via eBooks for Review, which did not affect my review in any way

Jared and Marcus aren't like other 11-year-olds...they're also Revengers. They fix problems and they're awesome at it-at least, they will be if they ever get a chance to show off their skills. What they need is exposure. Luckily, they have the perfect target in mind: Jared's sister's boyfriend. He's a jerky, wannabe rock star, a relentless bully and he smells like old gym socks. Enough is enough. The tone deaf jerk's days are numbered. There's only one hitch: Marcus already offered their services elsewhere. A stray cat with serious aggression issues apparently has a whole neighborhood boarding up their windows. What the boys think will be an easy-money job quickly turns into a dangerous game of wits. The cat's a monster. It takes all the ingenuity the boys can muster to deal with this beast. Two targets at once. It's time to prove themselves as the awesome after-school problem-solvers they know they are. That is, if their plan doesn't backfire. Because they'll either be feared fixers or a couple kids who can't even take out a kitten.

This is the type of book I knew I had to read with my children and we all loved it! Jared and Marcus are 11 years old and need to earn money to go to spy camp. They decide to start a business fixing other people's problems. Jared wants to start by getting rid of his biggest problem: his sister Ronie's boyfriend. Gunner is a wannabe songwriter who plays video games all day and mooches off Ronie. Marcus sets up a website and they immediately get a case involving an evil, stray cat.

Things don't go as smoothly as they originally hope in either case and they have to get creative in order to be successful. Their attempts made us laugh a lot and kept us entertained the entire time. They have to get creative in order to keep the class gossip, Janet, from figuring out what they're doing. It's a great start to a middle-grade series and will appeal to those who enjoy humor and adventure (even if you're an adult)! We're looking forward to reading more!

Steve believes in pixies and fairy dust, and the healing power of unicorns. When he’s not writing epic tales of horned beasties, he’s working as a look-a-like for Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, and Seal. He spends his free time training hairless mole rats to be service animals for the colorblind, and dreams of one day inventing a Thanksgiving dish that will rival the infamous turducken.

Steve also believes most readers do not read author biographies. (but just in case, he’ll do a real one once his website is fully updated :) )


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