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Twelve-year-old Kassy O’Roarke wants to win the Thompson prize at her school newspaper. Her pesky little brother Percy and his key-stealing ferret try to help . . . and that’s when the trouble begins. Apollo the cougar cub goes missing from their family’s petting zoo. Kassy puts her detective skills to the test to find him before Animal Control does. Can Kassy outsmart the Twelve-year-old Kassy O’Roarke wants to win the Thompson prize at her school newspaper. Her pesky little brother Percy and his key-stealing ferret try to help . . . and that’s when the trouble begins. Apollo the cougar cub goes missing from their family’s petting zoo. Kassy puts her detective skills to the test to find him before Animal Control does. Can Kassy outsmart the dogcatcher and rescue Apollo before being grounded for life? Join Kassy’s fun-filled adventure cracking riddles, detecting clues, solving a whole zoo of animal trouble, and learning it’s not what you have, but what you give that matters. “A purely enjoyable adventure filled with memorable characters, an endearing protagonist, and a lot of heart.” —The U.S. Review of Books “Strong sense of middle-school humor.” —BlueInk Review “A juicy middle grade mystery in which a young investigator learns that it’s okay to be vulnerable.” —Foreword Reviews “[Will] entertain both animal and mystery lovers of all ages. Most highly recommended!” —Reader’s Favorite Reviews


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Twelve-year-old Kassy O’Roarke wants to win the Thompson prize at her school newspaper. Her pesky little brother Percy and his key-stealing ferret try to help . . . and that’s when the trouble begins. Apollo the cougar cub goes missing from their family’s petting zoo. Kassy puts her detective skills to the test to find him before Animal Control does. Can Kassy outsmart the Twelve-year-old Kassy O’Roarke wants to win the Thompson prize at her school newspaper. Her pesky little brother Percy and his key-stealing ferret try to help . . . and that’s when the trouble begins. Apollo the cougar cub goes missing from their family’s petting zoo. Kassy puts her detective skills to the test to find him before Animal Control does. Can Kassy outsmart the dogcatcher and rescue Apollo before being grounded for life? Join Kassy’s fun-filled adventure cracking riddles, detecting clues, solving a whole zoo of animal trouble, and learning it’s not what you have, but what you give that matters. “A purely enjoyable adventure filled with memorable characters, an endearing protagonist, and a lot of heart.” —The U.S. Review of Books “Strong sense of middle-school humor.” —BlueInk Review “A juicy middle grade mystery in which a young investigator learns that it’s okay to be vulnerable.” —Foreword Reviews “[Will] entertain both animal and mystery lovers of all ages. Most highly recommended!” —Reader’s Favorite Reviews

30 review for Kassy O'Roarke, Cub Reporter (Pet Detective Mysteries #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘Kassy O’Roarke, Cub reporter, is going places’ Tennessee author Kelly Oliver earned her degrees from Gonzaga University and Northwestern University and is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She has published numerous articles on such important issues as the refugee crisis, reproductive technologies, campus rape, women and the media, the environment, and animals. Her published books include the highly awarded adult fiction series, the Jessica James Mystery series, a ‘Kassy O’Roarke, Cub reporter, is going places’ Tennessee author Kelly Oliver earned her degrees from Gonzaga University and Northwestern University and is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She has published numerous articles on such important issues as the refugee crisis, reproductive technologies, campus rape, women and the media, the environment, and animals. Her published books include the highly awarded adult fiction series, the Jessica James Mystery series, an historical mystery series debuted with ‘Miss Lemon’s Mysterious Assignment at Styles,’ and now she enters the children’s literature arena with KASSY O’ROARKE, CUB REPORTER - volume one of her projected Pet Detective Series. She lives in Nashville. Writing for the age range 8 to 12 years is a challenge: keeping a story propelling while utilizing language to which youngsters can not only relate, but also learn is a trait Kelly has already mastered. She offers this fine Pet Detective mystery in the voice of the title character Kassy and maintains the prose in communication levels that involve and inspire the reader. An example of this gift is shared here: ‘The last bell rings. I rush out of class, dash down the hall, and skid to a stop in front of the newspaper rack. I grab the new issues of the school paper. The Cub Reporter is hot off the press. My palms are damp, and I’m panting just a bit. Knowing my article is somewhere in these pages makes my skin tingle all over. I squeeze through the crowded hallway and pop out the front door of the school building, I want to be alone when I see my name in print for the first time.’ In that passage Kelly transports the adult reader to that time in our lives when (age 8-12) everything in the world was a possible mystery worth probing. For middle school readers, a new identifiable heroine is born! For adults – welcome to an invitation to those younger days when the world was fresh and inviting. Filled with finely created characters, both human and animal, this brisk little novel is a spellbinder, one that is bound to gather a very strong audience committed to the series. This first installment is well summarized by the author – ‘Twelve-year-old Kassy O’Roarke wants to win the Thompson prize at her school newspaper. Her pesky little brother Percy and his key-stealing ferret try to help . . . and that’s when the trouble begins. Apollo the cougar cub goes missing from their family’s petting zoo. Kassy puts her detective skills to the test to find him before Animal Control does. Can Kassy outsmart the dogcatcher and rescue Apollo before being grounded for life?’ Accompanied by some illustrative highlights that make Kassy’s world visual, Kelly’s writing gifts prove equally as fine for children’s books as for her forays into adult fiction and articles. Very highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Thank you so much to Kelly Oliver and Book Trib for an advanced copy of Kassy O’Roarke: Cub Reporter! I was sent this copy in exchanged for an honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own. For someone who really loved Nancy Drew mysteries, I absolutely loved this story. The characters were so enjoyable and real. Kassy is dealing with her parents getting divorced and all the emotions that come with that. While also trying to find her place at school and at home. I loved that Kelly Oliver Thank you so much to Kelly Oliver and Book Trib for an advanced copy of Kassy O’Roarke: Cub Reporter! I was sent this copy in exchanged for an honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own. For someone who really loved Nancy Drew mysteries, I absolutely loved this story. The characters were so enjoyable and real. Kassy is dealing with her parents getting divorced and all the emotions that come with that. While also trying to find her place at school and at home. I loved that Kelly Oliver dove into the discussion about how children deal with change in the family. Another thing I absolutely loved was Kassy’s mom runs a petting zoo with all these different animals like a monkey, camel, and of course the star of our mystery; Apollo the cougar cub! Having all these different animals including Freddie the ferret definitely added to my enjoyment of this book and you get invested in the overall well-being of these sweet animals and this sweet family. If you or someone you know loves reading middle grade about mysteries and animals, then this is definitely the book for you!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christina Marie Reads

    This was an adorable start to the middle grade Pet Detective Mysteries! I, along with my 9 and 11 year old daughters enjoyed this book immensely! There were several parts that made us giggle. It is an easy, fun, and fast paced read for the middle grade reader or the young at heart!

  4. 4 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    What a shame author Kelly Oliver never grew up. Anyone who has read Oliver’s delightful Kassy O’Roarke, Cub Reporter (Beaver’s Pond Press) knows her adult mind is locked inside the head of a clever 12-year-old girl with all the trimmings. Angst. Intellect. Imagination. Humor. Vulnerability. It’s all there. Oliver, a college philosophy professor in real life, has wrapped Kassy’s persona around a wonderful story for middle-graders who will easily relate to the characters, situations and emotions — What a shame author Kelly Oliver never grew up. Anyone who has read Oliver’s delightful Kassy O’Roarke, Cub Reporter (Beaver’s Pond Press) knows her adult mind is locked inside the head of a clever 12-year-old girl with all the trimmings. Angst. Intellect. Imagination. Humor. Vulnerability. It’s all there. Oliver, a college philosophy professor in real life, has wrapped Kassy’s persona around a wonderful story for middle-graders who will easily relate to the characters, situations and emotions — embracing some and cringing at others. Take, for example, the school’s “Miss Everything,” Kelly Finkelman, popular, a goody-two-shoes, perfect Barbie doll hair, cheerleader and, as it happens, a top investigative reporter for the school paper, The Cub Reporter. She is introduced to us as a policeman comes to thank her for writing a story that helped apprehend a local vandal. Kassy feels “invisible,” insignificant in the presence of Kelly. But that spurs her on. She vows to write the investigative story of the year for the school newspaper and win the prestigious Thompson Award for Journalism. “If I win, everyone will know I exist,” she says, thinking specifically of her dad, who has moved out and on, and who she pines to draw back. A case to investigate quickly surfaces. Kassy’s mom is an animal lover, working at the vet clinic and opening a petting zoo in their barn with rescue animals. The cougar cub Apollo has suddenly gone missing. The rest of the review: https://booktrib.com/2019/12/searchin...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lois (thecarrotstories)

    A very enjoyable children book with lots of adventure. And being a fan of detective stories, this new series looks really promising. Combining it with journalism and a mini Doctor Doolittle, it was most interesting! The story was really cute with these new, young detectives searching for their lost cougar cub. I honestly enjoyed the plot and characters. And I think my childlike self would really have fun reading this series. It was easy to get into the story and it was a light and relaxing read. A very enjoyable children book with lots of adventure. And being a fan of detective stories, this new series looks really promising. Combining it with journalism and a mini Doctor Doolittle, it was most interesting! The story was really cute with these new, young detectives searching for their lost cougar cub. I honestly enjoyed the plot and characters. And I think my childlike self would really have fun reading this series. It was easy to get into the story and it was a light and relaxing read. Two thumbs up. The only drawback for me was the repetitive explanations. But I guess that could be a trait for this kind of genre for kids. Overall, it was a good read and I found it very refreshing. All thanks to Meryl Moss Media for reaching out to me and offering an ARC of Kassy O’Roarke’s new book to read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aleta

    This book is great! I read it aloud to my 9-year-old niece during a 5-day visit. We read 3 chapters each night, and then the entire 2nd half on my last day. The main character is smart and savvy, and her family members are excellent side characters. The petting zoo backdrop provided great fodder for fun animal-related scenes. The riddles and puns were tons of fun and gave us something to recap with her dad each day. And the writing was just wonderfully modern and silly - a perfect combo. My niec This book is great! I read it aloud to my 9-year-old niece during a 5-day visit. We read 3 chapters each night, and then the entire 2nd half on my last day. The main character is smart and savvy, and her family members are excellent side characters. The petting zoo backdrop provided great fodder for fun animal-related scenes. The riddles and puns were tons of fun and gave us something to recap with her dad each day. And the writing was just wonderfully modern and silly - a perfect combo. My niece's new catchphrase is "Biscuits & Gravy"! I hope my brother doesn't get too annoyed. Can't wait for my next visit to read #2 in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chase

    This is a lovely middle grade book with just the right amount of mystery. Kassy O'Roarke really wants to earn top prize for her school newspaper. She just needs a story, a really good juicy story. So when Apollo the cougar cub from her family's petting zoo goes missing it seems like she's got her scoop. Now if only she could figure out who had the motivation to "catnap" her cougar.... Aided and perhaps hindered by her pesky brother Percy and trying to stay one step of Animal Control, there is neve This is a lovely middle grade book with just the right amount of mystery. Kassy O'Roarke really wants to earn top prize for her school newspaper. She just needs a story, a really good juicy story. So when Apollo the cougar cub from her family's petting zoo goes missing it seems like she's got her scoop. Now if only she could figure out who had the motivation to "catnap" her cougar.... Aided and perhaps hindered by her pesky brother Percy and trying to stay one step of Animal Control, there is never a dull moment in this book. I know my 8 year old is going to love listening to this one. Told from Kassy's point of view it is super easy to remember what it was like to be 12 and want something really badly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amber Eats Books

    This is a wonderfully written book that is very action packed! It was fun to follow Kassy and Crispy as they tried to figure out what happened to their cougar cub, Apollo. I love how some sensitive topics such as divorce were covered in such a great way from Kassy’s perspective. I really enjoyed how the mystery progressed. It reminded me of a younger, modern Nancy Drew mystery. I fell like this would work best for ages 7-10. Overall, I thought this was a great read that would be perfect for any This is a wonderfully written book that is very action packed! It was fun to follow Kassy and Crispy as they tried to figure out what happened to their cougar cub, Apollo. I love how some sensitive topics such as divorce were covered in such a great way from Kassy’s perspective. I really enjoyed how the mystery progressed. It reminded me of a younger, modern Nancy Drew mystery. I fell like this would work best for ages 7-10. Overall, I thought this was a great read that would be perfect for any young animal lover or aspiring detective. Thank you to DartFrog Books for providing me with a copy for review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mererid Evanna

    This is a lively family/animal/mild mystery story narrated by 12-year-old Kassy, who is a dogged investigator but somehow manages to miss the wood for the trees. It is all described very vividly. There is a daring chaotic rescue scene and everything turns out okay, although not exactly as Kassy hoped. The family situation is uncomfortable, with divorce having affected all of them, so that was a bit upsetting. The interesting characters make the Pet Detective series worth looking out for.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel P. ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ 「eternal.chapters」

    Thank you to the author, Kelly Oliver, and Booktrib for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Rating: 3.5/5 Overall, I think it is a really fun, enjoyable and quick read that is perfect for younger audiences who are a fan of mystery. There are many things I enjoyed about this book but I also have some areas in the book which I feel can be improved. For my full in-depth review, check out my blog post which will be out on 18/11/2019.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    A cute mystery involving Kassandra (Kassy) O'Roarke and her search for a lion cub missing from the family petting zoo and her quest for an article that will help her win a coveted prize for writing on the school newspaper. Though I believe the solution to the mystery of the missing cub is fairly obvious early on, the best part of this book is in the relationship between Kassy, her younger brother, her mom, and her friends. I will gladly return for the next book. Recommended. I received an ARC from A cute mystery involving Kassandra (Kassy) O'Roarke and her search for a lion cub missing from the family petting zoo and her quest for an article that will help her win a coveted prize for writing on the school newspaper. Though I believe the solution to the mystery of the missing cub is fairly obvious early on, the best part of this book is in the relationship between Kassy, her younger brother, her mom, and her friends. I will gladly return for the next book. Recommended. I received an ARC from the author; however, all opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amiee (ambooklife)

    3.5

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    I liked the book. I also liked the pictures in the book. I would give this book 3.5 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda

    I won this book but never received it

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelsqi

    While there were cute features of this book, I just didn't like how much Kassy distrusts her parents. The adults in her life never give her any reason to doubt them and yet she runs in fear and puts herself in danger whenever they approach. If a child behaved this way in real life we'd worry abuse, but somehow it's just because she wants to go on adventures? She also lies. A lot. To pretty much everyone. While there were cute features of this book, I just didn't like how much Kassy distrusts her parents. The adults in her life never give her any reason to doubt them and yet she runs in fear and puts herself in danger whenever they approach. If a child behaved this way in real life we'd worry abuse, but somehow it's just because she wants to go on adventures? She also lies. A lot. To pretty much everyone.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ellery Alouette

    Delightful from beginning to the end, Kassy O’Roarke (Cub Reporter) by Kelly Oliver is a fabulous, middle-grade mystery adventure you won’t want to miss. Kassy, our budding Miss Marple, is on a mission to write a top-notch article and impress everyone with her detective skills and reporting abilities. Not sure how to go about looking for a story that’s sure to grab everyone’s interest, she’s surprised when a mystery suddenly appears in her own back yard. Apollo, the cougar cub, has gone missing Delightful from beginning to the end, Kassy O’Roarke (Cub Reporter) by Kelly Oliver is a fabulous, middle-grade mystery adventure you won’t want to miss. Kassy, our budding Miss Marple, is on a mission to write a top-notch article and impress everyone with her detective skills and reporting abilities. Not sure how to go about looking for a story that’s sure to grab everyone’s interest, she’s surprised when a mystery suddenly appears in her own back yard. Apollo, the cougar cub, has gone missing from their petting zoo and rescue center. At first, everyone thinks he’s escaped, but when someone leaves clues as to where he might be they realize they’re dealing with a cougar-napping! Time is of the essence as mum, Kassy and Crispy (her little ever-hungry, ferret loving brother) start searching for the lost cub, they need to find him before the scary dog-catcher, who wants to shut down ‘Lemontree Petting Zoo’ once and for all, finds him. Kelly Oliver has done a marvelous job in writing a story that is appealing to young children and adults alike. I found the ending especially touching and was surprised to find a tear or two in my eyes. This engaging story touches on the subject of divorce and feelings of abandonment in a gentle and light-handed way, mixing it in-between the lines and not in your face, and showing us that not everything is as it first appears. I especially liked how the spoiled new step-sister turns out to be pretty cool. Filled with fabulous and engaging characters, (my favorite being Spittoon, the allergic, sneezing camel) this really is a wonderful children’s book that kids will treasure. I also appreciated the lovely drawings throughout the book that bring the tale to life. My favorite line from the book: “It’s not what we have, but what we share that matters.” Kassy O’Roarke (Cub Reporter) by Kelly Oliver comes highly recommended

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Fitzpatrick

    Thank you to @booktrib for the ARC of this book. These opinions are of my own. • @kellyoliverbook wrote the cutest mystery book that integrates family, animals and loyalty all into one book. Kassy is a real girl that all middle school (and upper elementary) girls will relate to. Also, LOVE the cute illustrations throughout the book 😍 • Kassy O’Roark is a modern day Nancy Drew. Her mother owns a petting zoo and one of the animals, Apollo, a cute cougar cub, goes missing. Kassy uses her top notch det Thank you to @booktrib for the ARC of this book. These opinions are of my own. • @kellyoliverbook wrote the cutest mystery book that integrates family, animals and loyalty all into one book. Kassy is a real girl that all middle school (and upper elementary) girls will relate to. Also, LOVE the cute illustrations throughout the book 😍 • Kassy O’Roark is a modern day Nancy Drew. Her mother owns a petting zoo and one of the animals, Apollo, a cute cougar cub, goes missing. Kassy uses her top notch detective skills to find Apollo before animal control does. Kassy is determined to find Apollo before animal control because if animal control finds Apollo first, the petting zoo will be forced to close. Kassy follows different riddles to hopefully find Apollo in a race against time. • I love Kassy. She, just like me and so many others, is an over thinker. She is so relatable in so many way. Her parents are in the middle of a divorce but throughout the novel, she puts family first and worries about her mom making this a novel a lot of students would be able to relate to. The themes of loyalty and friendship are strong throughout the book making this the perfect middle grade novel. • Overall, I adore this book and can not wait for it to come out on November 19 to purchase it for my students. They are going to love it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 #kassyoroarke #petdetective #middlegrademystery #middlegradebook #igreads #bookreview #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #bookstagrammer #bookrecommendations

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    What a fun mystery. Kassy wants to be a reporter, and she wants to start by covering a scoop for the school newspaper that's so good she'll win an award. That evening, during her little brother's birthday party, it is discovered that their cougar cub has gone missing. This may be Kassy's best chance for an amazing story, but there are real world consequences. If they cannot find the cub, Apollo, their petting zoo will be shut down. What follows is a wild investigation filled with riddles that lead What a fun mystery. Kassy wants to be a reporter, and she wants to start by covering a scoop for the school newspaper that's so good she'll win an award. That evening, during her little brother's birthday party, it is discovered that their cougar cub has gone missing. This may be Kassy's best chance for an amazing story, but there are real world consequences. If they cannot find the cub, Apollo, their petting zoo will be shut down. What follows is a wild investigation filled with riddles that lead Kassy on a wild goose chase and clues that just aren't adding up. Along the way Kassy gets help from her brother; his flatulent ferret, Freddy; Butler, a boy from school; Butler's older brother Oliver; and Rotten Ronnie, the spoiled step-sibling. Can they find Apollo before Animal Control does and save the petting zoo? Listen to the audiobook to find out. This is definitely a fun Middle Grade story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  20. 5 out of 5

    Russell Painter

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Canby

  25. 4 out of 5

    anisa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

  27. 4 out of 5

    T.N. Traynor

  28. 5 out of 5

    John

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erika

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chawna

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