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Fairview Felines by Michele Corriel

Published by Blooming Tree Press/Tire Swing Books


Ages: 9-12

Summary: All the cats in Fairview disappeared and only Thomas Weston, newspaperman extraordinaire (and eighth grader) can find them. All the while Thomas battles the never-ending hysterical headlines that pop up in his head!

Thomas Weston, investigative reporter to the middle school masses has a dream of soon operating his own newspaper. Much like his own parents, Thomas desires nothing more than to bring the news to his peers. Not only this, but he can’t help but think in headlines. He’s born to report, or so he thinks…until he soon finds out that in order to pursue what we want we sometimes need to sacrifice and do things we dislike. For Thomas, this would most definitely be homework, and more specifically – math. When all the cats in his surrounding area go missing though, Thomas finds it harder than ever to concentrate on his homework and wants nothing more than to be seeking out the cat-napper. Will he make headlines or will he just end up a middle school drop out?

Michele Corriel’s debut novel for middle grade readers, Fairview Felines, is a quick witted story that young readers will truly enjoy. Thomas is your typical middle school boy, constantly having to be reminded of his homework, but living with the hopes of doing something amazing at any moment. His aspirations to become a reporter are not unlike those of his mother’s who runs the local paper. Unfortunately for Thomas, both his parents and the school principal put a stipulation on becoming the school’s first newspaper editor that have him struggling; homework. What middle school-er doesn’t have problems with homework? Thomas is someone kids his age will be able to relate to easily.

As added fun in the story, Fairview Felines and Thomas’ next big break is all about local kitties gone missing. As Thomas pokes around in neighbor’s yards, at school and anywhere else he could think he soon discovers being a reporter is a tough job. His friends Quinn and Leland are there to help him every step of the way as well.

If I had any complaints about Fairview Felines it would be that I wasn’t a huge supporter of the near-constant headlines that Thomas had pop-up throughout the story. Admittedly, this is part of his character and it does match his persona. I only wish it were possible to perhaps, change the font to make them feel more like a headline than bolded text on a page. I’m also a person who loves a good book cover. Fortunately for me, I had the opportunity to review Fairview Felines for a tour date, had I not, I would have greatly missed out based on my lack of interest in the cover. Thankfully the story makes up for anything it may have lacking by a long way.

As a debut author Michele Corriel has placed herself firmly in the world of middle grade readers. Fairview Felines is sure to be a success with younger mystery readers, and boys especially. Thomas’ struggle to find balance with his personal goals and wants with his school demands is incredibly easy for readers to relate to. I anticipate quite a few reluctant readers being able to commiserate with Thomas, knowing that they too wish they had more time to do the things the love. Perfect reading for reluctant readers, boys, as well as girls, Fairview Felines is definitely a story middle grade readers will enjoy.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 8 and up. A mystery and a struggle, Fairview Felines is a story reluctant readers will relate easily to and boys everywhere will truly enjoy!

Thank you so much to the author, Michele Corriel for providing a copy of her book for review!
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5 Responses to Book Review: Fairview Felines by Michele Corriel

  1. deegarretson says:

    This sounds like a very fun read. I’m definitely going to check it out.

  2. Christie says:

    Sounds cute! Thanks for the great review!

  3. Your review was on target. I hoping to get through to the reluctant reader with Thomas and it looks like I did. Thank you so much for a wonderful review!

  4. Gina says:

    I agree with the others….sure sounds like a fun read! ^_^

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