Unleash Your Inner Cat.
reviewed by Maryom
Both Ben and Tiffany have seemly insurmountable problems - Ben and his Mum are being harassed because they won't sell their flat to a property developer.
Tiffany's brother has MD and has been in and out of hospital for years with little hope of a cure, until his mum tracks down a new drug, Panthacea, on the web, which seems to work wonders.
They both find themselves accidentally signed up for Mrs Powell's strange martial arts class -Pashki. Here they gain the ability to move with cat-like stealth, to leap from tree to tree, to see and hear more clearly but events take a more sinister turn when they discover a link between the property developers and the drugs company and Tiffany is torn between wanting to stop the drug producers and not wanting her brother to fall ill again.
This is an immensely enjoyable action story but with a serious side. The younger reader would read it for the adventure whereas for the older reader Nick Green explores themes which will give them something to stop and think about - the way in which property developers can ride rough shod over the wishes of residents and all the questions raised by having a possibly terminally ill child, the tensions between Tiffany's parents over his treatment and the ethics behind how and where drugs are produced. Don't be put off though it's not all doom and gloom.
A book which can be funny, scary or moving, or all three at once.
Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Strident
Genre - Children's (8+)