Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza
By Kitty Felde
Legend has it: anyone who sees the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill will be cursed with bad luck. 10-year-old Fina Mendoza just saw it. And the last thing her family needs right now is more bad luck.
Finaâ€™s mom just died. So she and her older sister Gabby just moved to Washington, D.C. to live fulltime with Papa, a congressman from California. Fina loves riding the Capitol subways, grabbing snacks in congressional offices, and especially spending more time with Papa â€“ even though heâ€™s always on the phone.
But after Fina encounters a mysterious cat, a string of disasters follows. Jars of spaghetti sauce explode. Her beloved Abuelita breaks her leg. And Finaâ€™s only friend in Washington, a congressional dog named Senator Something, becomes the target.
The only way for Fina to save her family from future â€œcatâ€astrophe is to solve the mystery of the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill.