Mix a bunch of cliches for something actually new – parents move and kid hates new place, the smart girl has no friends, cats are telepathic! But wait – this exotic food called celery can enhance the tree-cats telepathic ability. And they are smart enough to hide from humans, AND smart enough to know that hiding from humans is a really good idea. Until one gets photographed by … wait for it… lonely smart-girl.
Other cliches debunked – the smart and uncaring parents. Nope! Stephanie knows her parents love her, and while she’s willing to go behind their backs she won’t actually lie to them. It’s just a question of them, ya know, asking the right question.
Another cliche – when Dad decides his lonely smart-girl needs to socialize more, the bigoted kid picks on Stephanie, and no adults step in.
On the other hand, since this is a YA book, it seems that the good vs evil is fairly clear. The bad guy practically has a neon arrow pointing at him.
David Weber adores his info-dumps, so there were a couple of places I just skipped three pages here and there. On the other hand, the two pages of how ‘financial options’ works was nice to see in a YA book.