Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Kat & Mouse (series) by Alex de Campi
In the first story, Kat has just moved from the Midwest to the East Coast. Her dad is the new science teacher at an exclusive private school and she's excited about meeting new friends and starting a new school. Unfortunately, the new kids aren't as happy about meeting her. She quickly falls to the bottom of the school dog pile and only makes one friend; Mouse. In addition, someone is blackmailing her dad! Can Kat & Mouse solve the mystery?
The second story is almost all mystery, involving a stolen painting and Mouse's crush on a new teacher.
The third story moves back to friendship and school as Kat and Mouse try to decide what to wear and whether or not they even want to go to the school dance. When they do, several awful things happen.
The fourth story, which I carried home in my hot little hands last night, tidily zips up all the plot lines. But I'm still not satisfied. I want more! Also, the last book felt a little rushed and there were a few things that didn't make any sense to me. For one, what does he mean by "I'm going to divorce my parents"? Running away? Emancipation of a Minor? But I'm still very happy to find out what happened in general.
If you dig around online a little, you'll discover that Alex de Campi originally intended these to be much longer, more teen-focused stories, as well as having many more of them. Here's hoping more will show up some day!
Verdict: These have checked out, not amazingly so, but enough that I'm happy I purchased them. Sadly, they are not really in print. I don't think. They have a weird publishing history.
Kat & Mouse vol. 1 Teacher Torture
ISBN: 978-1598165487; Published July 2006 by Tokyopop (out of print); Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
Kat & Mouse vol. 2 Tripped
ISBN: 978-1598165494; Published January 2007 by Tokyopop (out of print); Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
Kat & Mouse vol. 3 The Ice Storm
ISBN: 978-1598165500; Published September 2007 by Tokyopop (out of print); Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
Kat & Mouse vol. 4 The Knave of Diamonds
ISBN: 978-1427811752; Published September 2009 by Tokyopop (out of print); Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library