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The Case of the Lost Boy (Paperback)

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King's people have disappeared, and a mean Uncle has abandoned King at the pound. Being a resourceful dog King comes up with a plan on finding his people, the only fly in the ointment? How to escape from the pound.....King's dilemma is solved when Connor and his Mom come and adopt him. His elation is short lived, when Connor disappears Buddy puts his search for his family on the back burner to find his new friend.

This is an engaging story, meant for a girl or boy from kindergarten to around third grade. This story would provide the start for both fun and serious conversations with kids when read together about strangers, divorce, moving, puppies, deductive reasoning and how people are defined by there smells (according to the dogs in the story). While touching on serious topics King’s or Buddy as his new family calls him, enthusiasm keeps the story from becoming to heavy for a young reader. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a fun chapter book for a young reader!

1 Accelerated reader point.

2010 Edgar Juvenile Award Winner

— Amber


"My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective."

King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he's been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn't his beloved human (Kayla) come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy

And just as Connor and Buddy start to get acquainted, Connor disappears Buddy (aka King) has big problems to solve, but with some help from his friend Mouse (a very large dog) and the mysterious cat with no name, he shows what a smart, brave dog can do.

Mystery fans and dog lovers will be swept up in Dori Hillestad Butler's funny, satisfying story... and left eager for Buddy's next adventure.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780807509326
ISBN-10: 0807509329
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Publication Date: September 2010
Pages: 123
Language: English
Series: Buddy Files