The Cat Burglars: The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and his friends Riley and Jordan, Episode 1. Max Elliot Anderson. Elk Lake Publishing. Copyright March 2016. pb 108 pp.; ISBN #: 978194430405. Tweens Reading - Ages 8 and older.
Kurt, Riley and Jordan work at the local kennel, Pletchers’ Bed and Biscuit, where neighbors leave their animals while on vacation. The work is hard but they enjoy the animals and chatting while they work. One day in particular brings their attention to focus on wondering about a series of local burglaries. At first they can’t quite figure it out and talk about it as a passing conversation.
These are just normal kids working and having fun. They also have a great sense of humor as when they were talking about owners who look like their animals.
One day the boys notice something strange, a man taking the list of boarders from a clipboard, making a copy of it and shoving it in his pocket. No spoilers here. The remainder of the mystery is how the boys become alert watchers and investigators and eventually heroes of the town. But in the process of this plot happening and getting more serious, the boys find themselves in a very dangerous situation.
Max Elliot Anderson has a knack for knowing how to craft great spy novels for Tweens, as well as holding their attention and making them want to read similar stories with different twists. Nice read, Mr. Anderson!