Lantern Sam and The Blue Streak Bandits by Micheal D. Beil is about a boy in the 1930's named Henry who is on a train to visit his father who works with boats. On his way there he meets a girl named Ellie and a talking calico cat named Sam. Sam can only talk to Henry and the conductor but not Ellie. And nobody knows why he can only talk to these certain people, not even Sam himself. Everything is rolling smoothly until Ellie gets kidnapped! Can Henry and Sam find her before things really derail?
What I liked about this book is that the characters seemed very realistic. My favorite was Sam because he was very sarcastic and humorous. Even though Sam is a cat that talks, in the story it seemed normal and fun. The story was very intruiging and had a lot twists, turns and suprises. I also think the author did a good job on having Sam's ability to talk and be a detective seem normal. One thing I did not like about the book is that the author didn't really introduce Henry very well at the start. I felt that it took a while to get to know Henry.