The Catnapper Mystery


Children - Grade 4th-6th
114 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2021
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Author Biography

Anita Stafford is a writer of middle-grade fiction, picture books, and non-fiction. The Catnapper Mystery is the third book in her Sassafras House series. Other books in the series include The Legend of Sassafras House and Treasure in Catclaw Canyon.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite

At the start of The Catnapper Mystery by Anita Stafford, our main character Kale discovers that a cat has gone missing from the shelter where he volunteers. To make matters worse, the shelter director, Aspen, blames him for the disappearance and puts him on probation. Soon, rumors about him and the cats are flying around town, and he is being bullied at school because of it. Determined to prove his innocence, Kale sets out to investigate as more and more cats go missing. However, Aspen continues to blame him and eventually bans him from even entering the shelter. Can Kale find out who’s responsible for the catnappings and clear his name?

With an intriguing plot and likable characters, The Catnapper Mystery by Anita Stafford is an entertaining read. Although it is the third book in the series, The Legend of Sassafras House, the book could still be enjoyed and understood by people who haven’t read the first two. The story is intricate and interesting, enhanced by the author’s use of descriptive words and phrases. I thought that the solution to the mystery was very satisfying, and I liked that everyone had a happy ending. The characters are also very admirable for their determination and loyalty to their friends, which makes the reader want to see them succeed. The story contains an important message about not judging people prematurely, as many different characters discover: something that everyone should learn. I liked that there were also baking recipes at the back of the book, some of which were mentioned throughout the story (I highly recommend the brownie cookie recipe. It is delicious!). I would recommend The Catnapper Mystery to cat lovers and mystery lovers especially.