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Talking calico cat, Lantern Sam, helps solve a kidnapping case on a train.

BOOKS: Down to his last life

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When 10-year-old Henry Shipley boards the train to Ashtabula, Ohio, he has no idea he'll be solving a mystery with the help of a talking cat.

"Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits," by Michael Beil, is action-packed from the start. Shortly into the trip, Henry meets Ellie, an heiress his own age, who within the hour is kidnapped.

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