Welcome to Washington Fina Mendoza

A Fina Mendoza Mystery
Chesapeake Press; The Fina Mendoza Mysteries
  • 2. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 3. Dezember 2020
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  • 276 Seiten
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978-1-7359767-1-6 (ISBN)

It's The West Wing meets Nancy Drew: a mystery set in the U.S. Capitol that also serves as an introduction to how the U.S. government works. Or doesn't.

Legend has it that 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.

Fina and her older sister Gabby just moved to Washington, D.C. to live fulltime with Papa, a congressman from California. Fina loves spending time with Papa, even though he's always on the phone. But after Fina encounters a mysterious cat, disasters follow. Jars of spagetti sauce explode. Her beloved Abuelita breaks her leg. And Fina's only friend in Washington, a congressional dog named Senator Something, becomes the next target.

The only way for Fina to save her family from future "cat"astrophe is to solve the mystery of the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill.

This is book one in The Fina Mendoza Mysteries series.

A free downloadable coloring page is available at the website www.finamendozamysteries.com.

There is also a 32 page Teacher's Guide to Welcome to Washington Fina Mendoza available with Information about Congress and citizenship, quizzes, math problems, research projects, fun facts, recipes, and a coloring page.

2. Auflage
  • Englisch
Chesapeake Press
  • Windows
  • 4,02 MB
978-1-7359767-1-6 (9781735976716)
  1. Fina encounters a ghost in the Crypt of the U.S. Capitol. Could it be the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill who curses you with bad luck?
  2. Fina visits her father who serves on the House Rules Committee and tries to convince her father that she's seen the Demon Cat.
  3. We meet Fina's older sister Gabby.
  4. Fina's Abuelita (grandmother) recommends cinnamon sticks to ward off any bad luck.
  5. Fina talks to her best friend Trina back in LA.
  6. Fina remembers a mountain trip with her mother and sister to see snow in Southern California. We sense that Mama is no longer with us.
  7. Fina gets a job walking a congressional dog named Senator Something.
  8. Fina meets the dog's owner.
  9. Fina follows her father to the House Floor and is allowed to use his voting card. On the walk home, Fina and her father learn that Abuelita broke her leg. Fina worries what might happen next.
  10. Gabby burns the toast and is bossy. Fina learns some dog walking tips.
  11. Fina researches the Demon Cat and vows to investigate.
  12. Fina and Senator Something look for clues. In the Crypt, the big dog jumps up on a display table and bites off half the Washington Monument icon. Both are in hot water.
  13. Fina finds a creche, which reminds both girls of their last Christmas with their mom.
  14. Gabby takes Fina to the library to research the Demon Cat. Gabby is doing some mysterious research of her own.
  15. Fina dresses up like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for Halloween. Abuelita calls and tells Fina to "double down" on her investigation.
  16. Papa's staffer Claudia checks takes the girls to the National Zoo. Gabby loves Claudia's electric car. Fina is bored by the pandas, but she learns about cat behavior by watching baby tigers. Fina tries to cook dinner, but an entire jar of spagetti sauce explodes all over the kitchen.
  17. Fina discovers a photo album and remembers the night her father was elected to Congress.
  18. Fina continues her investigation by blending in with a Capitol tour group. She shows them paw prints in the concrete floor.
  19. Gabby and Fina create a Día de los Muertos altar for Mama and remember a trip to the cemetery with Abuelita.
  20. Papa suggests that Fina talk to the House Historian. Gabby finds an old Monopoly set in the moving boxes. The family plays. Gabby takes the racing car as her token.
  21. The House Historian tells Fina about cats in U.S. Capitol. Gabby's missing clothes turn up, moth eaten. She blames her father for paying more attention to work than his children.
  22. Senator Something escapes his leash and is hit by a car. Fina fears that he's dead, but it just breaks a leg. Fina fears the congresswoman will never let her see him again.
  23. The Mendoza family flies home to California for Thanksgiving. Fina spies Senator Something in another car and gets to say goodbye.
  24. Thanksgiving, Mendoza style. Fina is surrounded by aunts and cousins as they prepare the Thanksgiving feast. She hears stories about her late mother and is reunited with her childhood friend Trina.
  25. Fina rides in a Christmas parade and visits a Veteran's Hall with her father on a campaign stop. They stop outside their old house where the memories flood back. They both admit missing Mama.
  26. Back at the house, Papa learns that Gabby has smashed her uncle's new car. Papa explodes. Gabby blames Papa since the move to DC meant she had to wait another year to get her driver's permit. Abuelita gives Fina a secret weapon: an old playing card called "La Reina," her good luck charm.
  27. The family returns to DC. Fina screws up her courage to face the Demon Cat.
  28. Fina confronts the Demon Cat and discovers it's just a regular cat that catches the mice that overrun the Capitol.
  29. Congresswoman Mitchell agrees to let Fina continue walking her dog.
  30. Fina and her sister get to light the Congressional Christmas Tree. <

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