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Bad Kitty [Hardcover]

Michele Jaffe
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Jan. 12 2006

Meet Jasmine forensic supersleuth and unwitting victim of a naughty feline.

All Jasmine really wants is to enjoy her family vacation in Las Vegas. And avoid her evil cousin Alyson and Alyson's best fiend, Veronique. And show her suspicious dad that she can be a Model Daughter. And maybe meet the hot guy she's been eyeing from across the pool. It that too much to ask?

Apparently, yes. One moment she's an innocent bylounger, the next the central figure in a Las Vegas-sized mystery. Fortunately, Jasmine is both a forensics enthusiast and possessed of some very, well, special friends. Polly, Tom, and Roxy crash the vacation, BeDazzle Jasmine's wardrobe, and find themselves key players in the most outrageous adventure in a town known for outrageous adventures.

All because of a very bad kitty.

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Grade 9 Up–Jasmine Callihan, her father, and stepmother are vacationing in Las Vegas at the posh Venetian Hotel. All the 17-year-old really wants to do is sunbathe by the pool, write in her journal, and attempt to be a Model Hallmark Card daughter, all the while avoiding her perfect cousin Alyson and her Evil Hench Twin, Veronique. Her plans go awry, however, when a small boy and his cat make Jas a central character in a murder investigation. Soon Jass best friends come from LA to join her adventure and all attempt to solve the murder of Len Phillips, business manager of world-famous photographer Red Early. Teens will enjoy Jas and her friends hilarious dialogue and will be entertained by Jaffes inclusion of footnotes to the plot twists on each page. While the story is somewhat convoluted and often defies credulity, the book does offer some fascinating characters and plenty of amusement for fans of this genre.–Kathryn Childs, Morris Mid/High School, OK
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This catalog of the first exhibition devoted to painter Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) includes 175 color and 50 black-and-white reproductions as well as essays by scholars concerning various aspects of her work. As one of the three women artists admitted to the French Academy in the 18th century, Vallayer-Coster was best known for her still-life and flower paintings. A number of these works were engraved, and others formed the basis for floral decorations on porcelain and tapestries of the period. As demonstrated by Kahng (curator, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore), Vallayer-Coster's still lifes provoke comparisons with Chardin but maintain a vibrancy and charm of their own. Scholar Colin B. Bailey discusses Vallayer-Coster's popularity among 18th-century collectors, including Marie-Antoinette herself, and an excellent essay by Melissa Hyde chronicles women's involvement in the 18th-century world of art and letters through art making, patronage, and writing. This volume, the only recent title devoted solely to this artist, has lovely illustrations and thorough documentation. Recommended for all academic and museum libraries. [The exhibition will travel from Washington, DC, to Dallas, New York City, and France.-Ed.]-Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., M.
--Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too March 6 2007
BAD KITTY is the story of Jasmine Callihan, amateur super sleuth and trouble magnet extraordinaire. While on vacation with her family in Las Vegas, all she wants to do is lounge around by the pool, check out the cute guy she saw at the snack hut, and, most of all, be a Model Daughter and prove to her dad that she can stay out of trouble. This lasts for all of about five minutes, until a little boy and his three-legged cat entangle her, "literally," in a murder mystery.

Add in a famous fashion model (who happens to be the little boy's mother), an intimidating bodyguard, an insane killer, threatening messages, limo rides, the Evil Hench Twins (Jas' cousin Alyson and her best friend, Veronique), and even jail time, and you have one crazy adventure. Not to mention that Jack, the cute snack hut guy that Jas can't seem to stop thinking about, may be more than he appears. Pretty soon Jas' best friends Roxy, Tom, and Polly also crash the vacation, bringing with them a handy Bedazzler and tons of hilarious ideas to aid (and hinder) Jas in her investigation.

BAD KITTY is a fantastic read, and one you might not want to read in public if you tend to laugh while reading. Footnotes sprinkled throughout every chapter act as conversations between Jas and her friends, correcting and adding to the story, and by the end of the book, Jas has come up with sixty hilarious "Little Life Lessons" that everyone should know. For example, "Little Life Lesson 12: If you have your cousin and her friend stand out the sunroof of your limo to give you navigational instructions, be sure that they aren't facing backward to wave at the cute guys in the Porsche behind you when they tell you to go left or right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars go for the ride May 25 2006
By LizB - Published on
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I normally don't read teen chick lit, but I was intrigued by the title (having experienced badly behaved kitties myself), so I read it. I'm glad I did. It was one of the best books I've read in years--fabulously well-written, ferociously intelligent, and very, very funny.

This is not a typical action-driven, slyly plotted mystery. At times it is as much farce as mystery. Its charm lies in Jas and her friends, their unique personalities, and Jas's inimitable voice in telling her story. If you understand that, you'll like this book.

Don't expect depth in this book, just go for the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing since a BeDazzler Aug. 13 2006
By Alexandra - Published on
Jasmine is trying to enjoy her family vacation in Las Vegas. All this would require would be avoiding her cousin, Alyson, and her friend, Veronique, prove to her dad that she is indeed a Model Daughter, and, oh yeah, meet the hot guy she spotted across the pool. Then all of a sudden, Jas is thrust into the middle of a Las Vegas mystery. Luckily, she enjoys amateur sleuthing, and her friends come into town to help her find a murderer, save a little boy and a woman, and maybe themselves, in an experience that is so totally Mastercard (priceless). And just for the record, it's all the cat's fault. Michele Jaffe's debut novel for young adults will not disappoint fans of Meg Cabot and Louise Rennison. Humor, intrigue, and a hot guy: what more could a reader want?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious! March 17 2006
By teenbrarian - Published on
This book had me laughing so hard, I almost snorted my beverage out of my nose. I am a Teen Librarian, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any teen girl.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Mastercard!! (priceless) Jan. 27 2006
By J. Williams - Published on
Bad Kitty is a fabulous book. It is totally mastercard (priceless)! Jaz Callihan is on vacation in Vegas, with her anthropologist dad and perfect stepmom (but nobody, not even Jaz, hates her) and unfortunately with her cousin and her "Evil Hench Twin." But that doesn't get Jaz down; it is a crazed cat's misbehavior that gets her into the whole mess that makes her vacation out of the ordinary. Fans of Meg Cabot will love this romp in Sin City that is part mystery, CSI, major crush, and seeped in pop culture. This is definitely an A+ for Michelle Jaffe's first foray into teen fiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah Dixie Laite - Published on
Taken with her editorial voice on Michele Jaffe's website, I sought out BAD KITTY. OMG -- it's fantastic. I've wanted to write a smart, funny, original, authentic -- and yes, soulful -- YA novel for years. I can now throw in the towel without an ounce of bitterness or regret; Ms. Jaffe has written it -- and written it betetr than I ever could. I wish Ms. Jaffe woudl move across the styreet from me so I could run across the road in my babydoll nightie and cowboy boots and watch "Veronica Mars" or "House" or some old screwball coemdies, and just bask in her glaringly evident wit, fabulousness, and humanity. Or we could just go shopping -- whatev. The biggest take-away I had from reading BAD KITTY was "This author is a genius, and a really adorable and funny oen at that. Gee, I wish I were her, or her BFF."

While the mystery at the center of the story wasn't super compelling, the interplay between the heroine and her friends is what makes the novel the enjoyable read that it is. I have never, ever uttered or typed the phrase "laugh out loud funny" before, but frankly -- BAD KITTY is just *that* convulsing. The heroine's delightful turns of phrase, the cute below-the-page Greek chrous-y device, the banter between freidns and frenemies -- I loved it all.

I unwaveringly recpommend this book. Fans of Meg Cabot and smart chick lit will enjoy this book. In fact, I can't imagine any YA fiction fan not liking it. And if someone didn't, I don't feel bad for making them lose a measly 8 bucks. He/she deserves it for having a crappy sense of humor. Everyone else, all right-thinking Americans -- go ahead and order. Seriously, add it to your basket. Now.
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