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The Curious Cat Spy Club

(Curious Cat Spy Club #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  51 reviews
No one at school knows that Kelsey, Becca, and Leo are secretly friends. They have nothing in common--until they rescue three kittens and form a club to help animals through volunteering, spying, and solving mysteries. In the first book of this series, Kelsey helps catch a runaway zorse (horse + zebra) with the help of another girl from school named Becca. The two are walk ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Albert Whitman Company
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Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kelsey, Leo, and Becca have nothing in common, well that is what they think, but when a garbage bag with abandoned kittens brings them all together they soon realise they have more in common than even they realise. With Kelsey's love of spying, Becca's ability to get information out of anyone and Leo's love of technology they set out to find the person responsible for dumping the kittens. What starts out as three would be friends trying to find out why three
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read every book that this author wrote and have been eagerly awaiting this first book in a new series. I am not disappointed! I love the elements of the book- a zorse, which I've never heard of, a mystery, and the melding of three very different kids into a club with a purpose. The characters are well-defined and capture the reader with their individuality.

Three unlikely middle school kids come together and become friends over their common desire to save some kittens found in a dumpster.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a really cute and fast read. I enjoyed the mystery, it wasn't too simple or too difficult to figure out, so good for the age range of middle readers.

I felt the MCs were all rather realistic. Kelsey was a lonely girl and wanted a best friend more than anything. Leo most likely has Aspergers and Becca is the down-to-earth popular girl who liked the "bad boy". Who really is a jerk btw. The ending not-withstanding, he's a grade A jerk and a rap sheet waiting to happen.

The kids acted liked
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Linda Joy's Seer series, I couldn't wait to read the first installment of her new mid-grade Curious Cat Spy Club Series--and she didn't disappoint. She brought the same personal and insightful narratives that I love about her books making me feel each emotional blip in the fretful heart of her main character struggling to fit into her midgrade world. Add a mewing bag of kittens abandoned in a dumpster, and she's off, deftly weaving threads of an exciting mystery just right for the mi ...more
Allison Ketchell
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it

Lilah and I read this chapter book, the first in a series, over just a couple of days. We had trouble putting it down.

Lilah’s assessment: “Come on! It’s about kids who rescue cats! That’s awesome!”

The narrator, Kelsey, is having a rough time. After her father lost his job, she had to move from her house to an apartment that doesn’t allow pets. So she lost her beloved dog, Handsome. She still gets to visit him at her grandmother’s house, but it isn’t the sa
Ms. Yingling
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Kelsey feels a bit awkward at her school, so when she helps Becca Morales with a zorse (zebra and horse) that has run away when Becca is taking it from her family's animal sanctuary to the vet, she hopes that they can become friends. As they near the vet, Kelsey hears kittens in a dumpster, and with the help of geeky Leo. they manage to get them out. Kelsey's family has had to move into an apartment after her dad has lost his job, Leo's parents don't allow animals, and even Becca's mom says they ...more
Bookish Devil
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is about the three lead characters- Becca, Kelsey and Leo. 3 characters who differ from each other in various aspects but unified through a common motto which they share. ie. Saving/Rescuing the lost pets and providing them a safe haven(Till someone comes to claim/adopt them)
The theme of the story is very appealing and it throws light on the various safety concerns of a pet animal and also about the prevalence of pet napping. Might sound silly but it is indeed a serious issue which of
Kayla Pisano
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I just finished reading this book for the 2nd time and I LOVE IT! I could go read it again and I wouldn't get tired of it. It is such an intriguing mystery that keeps you at the edge of your seat. I love how the characters are so brave and go on such amazing adventures. I love detective stories and doing those puzzles/riddles that are kind of like solving a case. I just wouldn't go into someones yard or spy, but when I read CCSC I get that experience without even having to read my house, just so ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, children-s
2.5 Stars.

The overall idea of the story was cute, but I had some major issues with it. First of all, it was hard for me to get over the fact that Becca's mom let her bring her friends around wild animals unsupervised and that these kids were taking care of month old kittens in a shack instead of trying to find a different shelter or foster home. But those were adult reading a kids book issues. My other big issues were character based. I didn't like that Skeet was semi-redeemed; he was a bully, a
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Curious Cat Spy Cat was a fun and engaging read, perfect for a younger middle grade audience. The story centers around three kids who might not normally be friends with each other who form a club with a common goal: to take care of three abandoned kittens and track down who is responsible for tossing them into a dumpster. Kids are sure to love the main themes of this book: friendship, animals, and mystery.
Romney Wordsworth
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedtime-stories
This was a lot of fun to read with my daughter. In between my work schedule and her school schedule we finished it. I don't care that it took us 22 days. It was great quality time hanging out and reading, plus she really enjoyed the story and mystery so much she asked when is the next book coming out? The five stars isn't really my rating for this book but for my time with her and her enjoyment of said book. I also can't wait for more time with her and the next book in this series. ...more
T.J. Burns
My daughter and I had a lot of fun reading this book. The plot is clever and the characters fun, entertaining, and interesting.

The charm of this story is in the characters. Kelsey, Becca, and Leo are so different from each other, and they only got thrown together by circumstances. But each has his/her strengths (and weaknesses) to bring to the table. An unusual and entertaining dynamic develops among the three, enabling them to develop into a top-notch crime solving team!
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down once I started, it is a delightful book that reminds me of some of the books my girls loved when they were littles. The writing was well done and I love the charter and the story line. Over all I would recommend this book to others. ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-kid-in-me
My daughter and I enjoyed this book. It's cute, funny, and the characters are very likable.
If you're looking for a read for a middle grader, this is a great add to their TBR list. If you have a 1st /2nd grader, like me, then add this to your TBR list with your little ones.
Lisa Schmid
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Linda Joy Singleton's storytelling is reminiscent of the popular Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries. My nine-year-old son loved this book. The characters resonated with him, especially the cats! Ms. Singleton spins a fun mystery with plenty of twists and turns along the way.​ ...more
Ena Jones
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun story, and perfect for girls who love animals!
L.D. Markham
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the quick action and twists and turns in this story. The characters are age appropriate and relatable. My granddaughter loved it too. A fun read.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
love this book cant wait to read the second one.
Pamela Kramer
Middle grade readers will adore "The Curious Cat Spy Club" series by Linda Joy Singleton. It's a series about three middle school kids, two girls and a boy, who get together in the first book to rescue three kittens they accidentally find abandoned in a plastic bag in a dumpster. These three kids happen to be especially talented, each in a different way, and each of their talents is needed in order to solve the mystery of who abandoned the kittens, and where they came from.

Kelsey Case has been a
My seven-year-old loves this book. I had to hand the baton to my wife because I couldn’t handle any more of it.
It started out interesting, but then got weird. Kelsey acts super weird and clingy around Becca, to the point that she seems like she’s in love or at least has an unhealthy obsession with the “cool” girl. And in the end it proves to be a bizarre tribute to codependency. Wait, the cool person wants to be friends of convenience and spurn me in public? Sign me up! Yeah, that’s a great mes
Erin Dealey
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This first book of the series sets up the Curious Cat Spy Club as Kelsey, Becca, and Leo (who are NOT friends at school, thank you very much) must come together to rescue three kittens. In each book, they embark on fun, and sometimes dangerous, sleuthing adventures which always include animals--everything from a 130 year old tortoise to a Zorse. Linda Joy Singleton knows how to craft a unique middle grade series. Think Nancy Drew + The Babysitters Club for animal lovers!
Kid Square
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was an amazing book. I loved it. It was mysterious and fantastic. The story was adventurous.
I could barely breathe when Kelsey was stuck in a cage. I was also terrified to know that Kittens could be thrown into garbage bin. I was shocked to know one can petnap ( kidnap )pets. The author Linda Joy had done a very good job writing this. I enjoyed every bit of it.
I am giving it a 5/5 .
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kelsey, Becca, and Leo - not friends at school but connected by a desire to care for kittens they rescue from a dumpster - end up forming a club with a mystery on their hands. Will they solve the mystery of all the missing pets? Will they be able to keep the club together through conflict? Find out in this first installment of The Curious Cat Spy Club!
Claire Bellington
Mar 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was on Sonlight’s reading list for girls so I blindly assumed it was appropriate. My daughter (who loves cats, hence the title) comes to me saying she didn’t think it was a good book and sure enough there was description of boy girl flirting, and sensual desires to kiss boys. Not something I wanted my 10 year old reading or thinking about. I was very disappointed with this.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a cute mystery book for lower-level reader. The premise are 3 children who solve crimes that involve animals. Not much character development and good use of red herrings & cliffhangers @ the end of chapters. I think it is adorable that the author had her own Curious Cat Spy Club (which she writes about in the dedication).
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, well written, and super easy to follow. Perfect for animal lovers!

NoveList Plus Info:
Genre: Mysteries
Storyline: Action-packed, Plot-Driven
Subject: Animal Rescue, Clubs, Friendship, Kittens, Lost Animals, Middle School Students, Pets
Hope Lee
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Madelyn Flammia
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful book. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
3.5 Stars.
Amy Ripley
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