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Cathy's Key: If Found Call (650) 266-8202

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Cathy's Key: If Found Call (650) 266-8202

Your life is a lot of things, I can give you money and safety and all my heart…but maybe that isn’t what you really need…Maybe company on the journey is the only thing that matters…I do know I will love you forever, and forever, for me, is a very long time.

Cathy Vickers’s elusive and strange boyfriend Victor (he just happens to be immortal, and when he says “forever,” it is indeed a long time) wants to make her life easier because things have gotten stranger than ever. An elusive look-alike girl named Jewel has made off with Cathy’s sketchbook and cell phone. Jewel’s brother, Denny, has somehow attached himself to her and decided that he will be her protector (are there other motives?), her best friend Emma and Emma’s father are mad at her, plus she has become the obsession of one of the most powerful immortals --- none other than Victor’s dangerous father, Tsao.

As those who have read CATHY’S BOOK well know, Cathy has a propensity for getting into trouble and taking lots of risks. In this sequel, she is once again out on the limb.

Cathy has many issues to deal with as she tries to keep a job (not successful) and figure out if she and Victor actually have a chance together. She is also beginning to doubt that her father is really dead; trying to track down the thieving Jewel; working on solving a murder mystery that deeply impacts her since she might be a prime suspect; working with Emma on starting a website (complicated by Emma’s anger at her); and surprised every other minute by unexpected and mostly unwanted encounters.

Cathy tells her story through her journal, sprinkling it generously with clever pencil drawings, little notes and important links. You can turn the book upside down or all around and find constant trails of messages, hints, creepy bugs, artsy splashes and portraits as she goes from one wild encounter to the next. 

Readers are again presented with fun opportunities for interaction with the characters in this multi-layered book. From Jewel’s sweet drawl when you call Cathy’s cell (remember, Jewel has taken her phone) to the websites (including opportunities to submit your own art work to Cathy’s art gallery), to the blogs on MySpace, to the package of evidence, and on and on, readers are full participants in this ever-shifting, intriguing story. There are many hands-on puzzles to solve and feedback to give, plus the mysterious connection of the gift from Victor, a Chinese coin necklace.

Could this be the real key to answering some of the questions that haunt Cathy? Thank goodness book three is on its way!

Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on May 6, 2008

Cathy's Key: If Found Call (650) 266-8202
by Jordan Weisman and Sean Stewart

  • Publication Date: May 6, 2008
  • Genres: Paranormal Romance
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids
  • ISBN-10: 0762430850
  • ISBN-13: 9780762430857