The Stranger Next Door by Peg Kehret

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Two boys, one with a deadly secret, become neighbors. Shortly after Rocky moves in, trouble comes to the development. Street signs are cut down, and arson fires are set. While Rocky fears that the destruction is aimed at his family, Alex wonders if Rocky is to blame.

Alex's cat, Pete, who understands English perfectly but cannot speak, adds humor to this suspense-filled story about how important friends, both human and feline, can be.

This thrilling novel with its surprising plot twists and a delightful cat hero is sure to please Peg Kehret's devoted fans.


About Peg Kehret

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Peg Kehret's books for young readers are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won twenty-one children's state book awards and has also won the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and the PEN Center West Award for Children's Literature. A longtime volunteer at the Humane Society, she often uses animals in her stories.Peg and her husband, Carl, live in a log house on ten acres of forest near Mount Rainier National Park. Their property is a sanctuary for blacktail deer, elk, rabbits, and many kinds of birds. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, a dog, and two cats. When she is not writing, Peg likes to read, watch baseball, and pump her old player piano.
Published June 19, 2008 by Puffin. 176 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fans of Kehret (Saving Lily, 2001, etc.)—and fans of cats—will appreciate this suspenseful novel about two boys who discover friendship after facing peril.

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