Traveling Cats and Humans | Vacation Hiro (Cats in the Mirror #2) by Meg Welch Dendler

Hiro-BookCover-new-1“The house had been dark for hours, and still no one came. The yard was quiet. The Beast had not returned since he got in the car that morning with the family and all of those bags full of clothes. . . .

“Hiro curled up in a tight ball under the bed in Mama and Daddy’s room. There was nothing to be scared of. She knew it. But the house was really creepy and quiet in the dark with no people around at all. . . .

“Daddy will come home soon, she thought. Daddy would never leave me alone.”


Destiny is a tricky thing. By its very nature, it cannot be avoided. Hiro and Kimba thought they were free from the pull of their destiny and the scheming of the alien Cats in the Mirror. But when the family goes away on an extended vacation, the sisters find themselves right back in the middle of it all again. A week is an eternity for a cat left behind. Without Daddy’s love and care, will Hiro be tempted to join her cat family and leave Earth behind? Will finding out who they really are change the sisters’ lives forever? 

Some cats are born on Earth and never know who they really are. Others are sent. They are undercover for their years on Earth. They know who they are. They know that they are not from Earth at all. And they are part of a bigger plan. 

(Image compliments of Meg Dendler; synopsis from Goodreads

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My Thoughts:

When I finished reading and reviewing Why Kimba Saved the WorldI couldn’t imagine Meg Dendler surpassing that story or the personification of the animals in her first book in the Cats in the Mirror Series. I. Was. Wrong! 

Once again, Dendler has developed the cats and one dog in her story to be exactly as we see them day-to-day, those of us who are cat and dog lovers. Personally, I own a black-and-white tuxedo girl, and with each page turn she leaps out at me as Hiro does this or that. Dendler possesses a talent for character development.

As before, Vacation Hiro does not lack for action, dialogue and enough suspense to keep any reader engaged. When I say “any reader,” this is a book not just for the middle reader, but also for animal lovers, those who love to read about animals, grandparents and parents to read to those younger than middle readers, and anyone who loves a touch of fantasy.

Included in Vacation Hiro are illustrations (created by the author’s daughter) and images of Hiro, Kimba and another cat character in the book. They add a great deal to the book’s appeal.

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My Recommendation: 

Need I say more? I highly recommend this book for the age group intended — children’s/middle grade science fiction fantasy. And all the other potential readers listed above. This book would make a great gift!

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Meet the Author:

Meg Welch DendlerMeg Welch Dendler is an award-winning author and a former pre-k, elementary, and middle school teacher who celebrated publishing her first book, “Why Kimba Saved The World,” in February 23, 2013. This story is based on her true-life crazy cat and the other cats in her home…and the idea that they are all really part of an alien race that wants to rule the earth. In October, “Why Kimba Saved The World” was honored with a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award as “Best First Book — Chapter Book.”

For over 10 years, Meg worked as a freelance writer, including a year as a columnist for, where she wrote movie commentaries and interviews. She has had over 100 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and on web sites and has had the chance to interview Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kirk Douglas, as well as Anita Roddick and the Archbishop of Cape Town. She is a huge movie fan and prefers watching a new movie over most of what is on television.

Read more about Meg at her website.

(Image and bio via Meg Dendler’s website)

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Publisher: Serenity Mountain Publishing
Published: November 15, 2013
Genre: Children’s/Middle Grader Readers of Science Fiction Fantasy
ISBN 1493520342 (ISBN13: 9781493520343)

I received a copy of Vacation Hiro from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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8 thoughts on “Traveling Cats and Humans | Vacation Hiro (Cats in the Mirror #2) by Meg Welch Dendler

  1. Stacie Theis (@beachboundbooks) November 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm Reply

    Hopping over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop. So happy to find your book review of Vacation Hiro. My daughter is an avid readers and loves books that come in a series. This series certainly sounds like one she will enjoy. Thank you for sharing!


    • Sherrey Meyer November 26, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply

      And I agree with you — it is a perfect series and not finished yet, as I understand it from Meg Dendler. I always loved book series as a girl, and still do in fact. This would make a perfect gift too! 🙂 Glad you stopped by!


  2. stanleyandkatrina November 20, 2013 at 11:06 am Reply

    Well this book would be right up our alley, considering I work for a dog and a cat. 🙂 What a great review. Thank you for sharing it on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week,
    Christine M/Cool Mom
    Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina


    • Sherrey Meyer November 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm Reply

      Stanley, Katrina and Cool Mom, thanks for stopping by! I enjoy being honest and so I must confess that the author of this book, Meg Welch Dendler, is the person who put the link on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. But I’ve enjoyed it being there today. AND I’ve just enjoyed a visit to your site, Stanley and Katrina. What a wonderful place with so many fun things to read and do!


      • stanleyandkatrina November 21, 2013 at 5:37 am Reply

        🙂 They aren’t picky on the Kid Lit Blog Hop on who enters the link. It is always fun to make new friends – not matter how it happens. Thank you for visiting the pets’ site. They sure keep me busy.
        Christine M/Cool Mom
        Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina
        PS – We are new followers. 🙂


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  4. tpolen November 14, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply

    This book sounds wonderful! I’m a huge animal lover – we have a black cat (who we think was a dog in a previous life). If some cats are aliens undercover, that certainly explains a lot of bizarre behavior by my cat this week.


    • Sherrey Meyer November 14, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply

      We’re pretty sure our cat is an alien undercover based on reading these two books. Actually, our cat is pretty much a duplicate of Hiro, a black-and-white tuxedo. Some of things Meg described Hiro doing in this book mirrored our own Maggie. Made us feel better about Maggie!


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