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The Case of the Lost Boy

Book 1, The Buddy Files

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The Edgar Award–winning first book in Dori Hillestad Butler's Buddy Files series

King’s 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! Then Connor disappears! Buddy (aka King) has some big problems to solve. Mystery fans and dog lovers will be swept up in Dori Butler’s entertaining story about a smart, funny, loyal dog . . . and left eager for Buddy’s next adventure. “With twists and turns, humor and a likable canine character, this series should find a wide fan base.” —Booklist “Readers should be drawn in by Buddy’s exuberant voice.” —Publishers Weekly “Sweet and suspenseful.” —Kirkus Reviews Dori Hillestad Butler is owned by a big black dog named Mouse. He’s a registered therapy dog who enjoys reading with children in Coralville, Iowa, where he lives with Dori and her family. To learn more about Dori, her dog, and her other books for children, visit her website: Jeremy Tugeau has illustrated many books for children. His inspiration for Buddy was his golden Labrador, Jesse, a real neighborhood sleuth. Jeremy lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Nicole, and their children, Ruby and George.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 15, 2010 – This chipper novel launches Butler's (The Truth About Truman School) Buddy Files series, narrated by a chatty golden retriever. After his owner Kayla and her father disappear, Buddy lands in the dreaded P-O-U-N-D. We don't say it, we spell it. His plan to escape and find them gets derailed when he's adopted by a boy named Connor ( What? No, you can't take me... I already have a family, Buddy protests). Buddy's internal monologue can be both perceptive and amusing. He observes that Connor, who moved away from his father and friends after his parents' divorce, smells sad, and when the nine-year-old boy goes missing, the canine laments, I feel like I am losing humans left and right. Aided by sleuthing skills that Kayla taught him, a keen sense of smell, and a tip from an observant cat, Buddy locates Connor. It's a straightforward mystery, but readers should be drawn in by Buddy's exuberant voice and readily recognize the high stakes and emotions at play. The Case of the Mixed-up Mutts and The Case of the Missing Family pub simultaneously. Ages 6 8.

Customer Reviews

Good. But Kayla?

I love it. But what about Kayla? She wood never let Buddy go to the P-O-U-N-D!

Great book

Great book

The Case of the Lost Boy
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  • $4.99
  • Level: Grades P-2
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries
  • Published: Jun 07, 2011
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 124 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Buddy Files
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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