Have you ever thought you wanted to do one thing but your parents had different ideas? Ann Pickersgill is not a happy twelve-year-old. She had plans with her friends over summer, but instead, her parents went on their second honeymoon, leaving Ann with Grandma Bev. Ann thinks it’s going to be boring. She doesn’t have anything in common with her grandmother. Grandma Bev is still a hippie from the 1960’s. “Grandma Bev appeared … wearing a pair of bell bottom jeans and a white t-shirt covered with peace symbols. An ancient fringe shoulder bag dangled from one shoulder and a pair of tiny rectangular wire-framed sunglasses with purple lenses rested on the bridge of her nose.”
Ann thinks Grandma is imagining things when she claims that many ‘lost cat’ signs posted in their community of Thornhill indicate they are being captured by ‘visitors from other planets.’ Maybe Grandma Bev has read too many of those old timey detective novels. But, once they get to the library and Ann sees a complete wall of posters reporting missing cats, she begins to think something, if not aliens, is definitely amiss.
I have to admit, I’d forgotten the synopsis when I first started reading and thought it was a cozy mystery. Well, it is of sorts, but it is actually written for Middle Grade. Even still, I really enjoyed the comradery that developed between Ann and Grandma Bev. I liked the character of Ann, our protagonist, but I LOVED Grandma Bev and her quirky nature. I do, however, feel that middle graders will have a bit of trouble with many of the words, phrases, and band names common to the 1960’s era. Rating: 4 out of 5.