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THE BUDDY FILES by Dori Hillestad Butler


The Case of the Lost Boy (Book 1)

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Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8075-0910-4
Publisher: Whitman

Golden retriever King can’t understand where his family has gone. Left with Uncle Marty, King finds himself in a place called the P-O-U-N-D. But he’s quickly adopted and renamed “Buddy” by a mom and her son, Connor. Still, Buddy/King is determined to find his old family, and it looks like he’s landed in his old neighborhood. Buddy is a detective dog who uses logic and facts to find solutions to mysteries. When Connor suddenly disappears, Buddy tries to find him. Has Connor been kidnapped? Butler tells the story from Buddy’s perspective, throwing in details to convince readers that it’s really Buddy talking. Every kind of food Buddy encounters, for example, is Buddy’s “favorite food!” Buddy identifies Connor not so much by sight as by smell and describes that smell to get clues from other animals. But if Buddy can’t get out of the house, how is he going to use his skills, and his nose, to find Connor? Tugeau’s full-page line drawings enliven a story that should captivate young readers. This first entry in a series is both sweet and suspenseful. (Mystery. 6-8)