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The Stranger Next Door (Pete the Cat #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  673 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
If there’s a mystery to be solved, Pete’s your man. Er, your cat. Pete’s a cat, specifically, Alex’s cat. And since Alex and his family moved into a new housing development, Pete is Alex’s only friend. Things start looking up for Alex when Rocky moves in next door. But Rocky isn’t very friendly, and Alex starts to suspect he’s hiding something. And when the neighborhood is ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 19th 2008 by Puffin Books (first published April 15th 2002)
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Joe Cee
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional work of literature. This book is also a quick read.
Alli Nash
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book before but I liked it so I decided to read it again. It was over a year ago though so I forgot some stuff and was surprised a second time. I was surprised with the way some characters acted towards Alex. I also loved the way the author added in Pete the cat's point of view. I thought that was a fun way of adding some "spice" to the book. The background of Rocky I thought was also a good addition. I like mysterious books and that was this one was kind of. At first this book ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly enjoyable children's book featuring the clever, courageous, and capable cat Pete. Some of the story is told from the cat's point of view in what to a cat-lover seems like a highly authentic and humorous voice. The plot's not bad too.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ya-fiction
A mystery told from two points of view, so that the reader knows about Rocky's past and understands his reluctance to make friends, even as Alex grows to like Rocky and to wish that they could get to know each other better. Bullying juvenile deliquents confuse the issue, so that the climax comes as a surprise, and all's well that ends well. Not one of Peg Kehret's best, but a suspenseful story that will appeal to mystery fans.
Riley Carrier
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle Graders, Mystery-Lovers, Peg Kehret Fans, Spooky Fans
Recommended to American by: Best Friend
Peg Kehret is one of my favorite children's mystery authors, though they are never usually 'scary', more what I call 'spooky', but I like the spooky atmosphere. They usually all teach a moral lesson, which I do like about them, and they sometimes show what to do in a dangerous situation and what not to do. The books by her and 'Pete the Cat' are some of my favorites by her, but I like the 'Ellen and Corey' series a little better. I also like some of the single books like 'Stolen Children'. I've ...more
MacKenzie Z
Oct 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Carol Caldwell
I liked the story. The plot moved well. It didn't get stuck anywhere. You get a good idea of the main characters, what they think and feel. The author has won numerous awards for her childrens' books.

As a writer myself I try to pay attention to construction, point of view and showing vs. telling when I read. That way I can learn from successful authors. This writer changed points of view in the middle of chapters and changed scenes without an indication. I was able to follow the story well beca
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: cats
I liked Spy Cat a lot better. Rocky just moved into a new housing development, but he had to leave behind all his stuff, his house, his dog...and his name. His real name is Clifford, and a gang of drug dealers are after his family, so they had to change their names, they had to move to a new house, and stay low until his mother's testimony against the drug gang is done. Meanwhile, a mysterious arsonist is threatening the neighborhood where Alex, his cat Pete, and his family live. Rocky's house i ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy named Alex and his cat named Pete. His next door neighbor is a boy named Clifford and later in the story his names turns into Rocky. In there neighborhood there are fires that keep on happen. Pete the cat was roaming around there neighborhood when he saw the same black car that started the last fires. Alex called for Pete to come but he still couldn't fine him. Later he saw a bright light by a house went towards the light and the house was on fire. He also saw the same b ...more
Aug 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loved 'The Cable Guy'.
I never saw The Cable Guy. Knowing the premise of the film was enough to put me off. The Stranger Next Door is very similar, a couple move to a little retirement cottage where they hope to live quietly until they die. All is fine for a week until their next door neighbour, the monosyllabic Mr Bernardin, comes calling. This visit is uncomfortable, he seems to want to do nothing but sit in silence, but at least he finally leaves only to come back the next day and then the nest and then the next.

Jan Carlo Foz
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, favorites
The Stranger Next Door is the second book I've read from Peg Kehret. Just like the first one, Peg Kehret did not fail to deliver a very simple yet so much fun story. Everyone will love the characters in this book especially Benjie and Pete the cat. It's amazing how the book can still appeal to persons like me who are no longer considered "children." How I wish I was able to read Peg Kehret works when I was still a little kid.

The overall story was so smooth that you will end up reading this book
Karen & Gerard
The Stranger Next Door by Peg Kehret and Pete the Cat is actually better than I expected. Although the author's cat helped write parts of this book, in the story we know what the cat is thinking and saying, but the people in the book only hear it meowing which makes it more realistic. Shortly after an aloof family move in next door to Alex's family, houses burn in the neighborhood, including the new neighbor's. Pete the cat sees what happens and using his cat intelligence, makes his people aware ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-son-s-books
Really liked this book, love how Pete writes his own story in there. It was interesting and the story kept me reading and my son reading and there were times when I was like "OK, bed time" and my son would say "AW, just one more chapter?" THAT is what I want out of a book for my kid, I want him to want to read. He loves reading but it's especially nice when the school isn't telling him something is too low, or not challenging enough and pushing him to read certain things because they have the te ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a harder time connecting to this book due to Alex's (the main character) cat being able to speak english. I found it unrealistic. Although, I know young children would enjoy this. Trouble starts to stir when arson fires and vandalism starts occurring in his new neighborhood. He starts to think that Rocky his new neighbor is responsible due to how private he is to Alex about his past. This book would be a good chapter read aloud in a second to third grade classroom and introduce the mystery ...more
LaTonya Roberts (IG:RemindMeToRead)
This was my favorite book in Elementary school, so I was happy to re-read it. I can't believe how much of the plot I forgot, so it was like reading it for the first time. I think I liked it so much back then because it might have been my first suspenseful book. I know for sure that I loved the characters and I'm just now seeing that Pete was a funny cat.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pete is Alex's cat. A boy names Rocky moves into Alex's neighborhood. Alex wants to be his friend, but Rocky doesn't want to be his friend. Later there are fires in the neighborhood. Will they catch the person who set the fires? Read this book to find out!
I really like this book. You have got to read it!
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that the book was amazing in just tell chapter five. Why I gave The Stranger Next Door four stars is because It has a mysteries that just make you want to keep reading. Clifford used to be his real name but, he had tho switch it with Gerald Morris, but he doesn't know why. Find out why he switch his name.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is manly about a cat who helps two boys from different places, becomes friends. Also with other things going on like fires, and identities. It is a different kind of book. But is is a great book to read
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was in my opinion a very well written book. i found it very unpredictable at times but was very exciting. i dont think i am going to be able to put this book down, it is so good.i have learned some lessons from this book like not roaming around without telling anyone.
Emma Emert
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the book was cool and a bit of a mystery!
It was sad when the boy had to give his dog away and move to a knew home because he was in witness protection he was called Rocky.
The book was great and I loved it.
Jan 29, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I would like to recimend this book to anybody who would like to get a GREAT read.
I this book Alex Kendrill gets a new neighbor named Clifford.Duke and his buddy(bullies) doesn't like anybody who lives in Valley Veiw Estates just because the builders took away their dirt wheel tracks.Then something dromastic happens but I cant say because that would be T.M.I.
Mary Storace
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
never thought id fall in love with a book about a life saving cat...
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I learned from this book is that you should never wonder of to far from home and never get in to a strangers car and always tell your parents if your leaving the house.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is so good. you wont be able to put it down!
Kenneth S. 8 Reading
Great book for everyone.
Veda Sorrells
Pet Kehret does it again. She never disappoints. Just a reminder that I am currently reading a bunch of children's books.
Jana Collins
I thought this was a cute book but some parts were confusing.
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Peg Kehret writes middle grade fiction and nonfiction. She's won dozens of state children's choice awards, where kids vote for their favorite book.

When she was twelve, Peg was paralyzed with polio. Most of her protagonists are the age she was then.

A volunteer with animal rescue groups, three of Peg's books are co-authored by Pete the Cat."
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