When dogs go missing, one boy will find out why. And the answer is out of this world.
Nothing gets past Logan. When he observes that the neighborhood’s dogs are mysteriously vanishing, he suspects nothing less than a full-scale alien dognapping invasion. The adults don’t believe him, of course, so he enlists his friends to investigate and soon they make a shocking discovery.
Now man’s best friend needs help. Fast. Suddenly, Logan and his team are on a mission unlike anything known to man.
A hilarious, heartwarming tale of hound-saving heroics, Invasion of the Dognappers will be gobbled up by middle-grade readers.
Gr 4–6—Logan always seems to notice things that other people miss, such as when the dogs in his hometown suddenly go missing, He is certain that they have been abducted by aliens and he is on a mission to get them back. Unable to do it alone, he recruits some friends and forms the Intergalactic Canine Rescue Unit. Can they get the dogs back? Were they really abducted by extraterrestrials and, if so, why? Jennings has the vocabulary of middle graders down pat (with lots of references to flatulence and other gross things). Readers will relate to Logan, who has a busy working mom and a bratty younger brother. This is a good choice for readers, even reluctant ones, who like humor, mystery, and science fiction all rolled into one.—Tammy DiBartolo, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA
A rash of dognappings prompts a young sleuth's obvious (to him) conclusion that space aliens are to blame. Seeing several dogs suddenly vanish, leaving collars and leashes behind, 10-year-old Logan gallops over the understandable doubts of his friends and his open-minded single mom to organize an "Intergalactic Canine Rescue Unit." Under its aegis, he stakes out his own aging and comically flatulent hound Bubba and cruises the ragged edge of a major grounding by haring off after supposed suspects without parental notification. Being the sort of author who could play his premise either way, Jennings (Guinea Dog, 2010; Beastly Arms, 2001) chucks in clues and red herrings galore but keeps readers in the dark--until, more than halfway through, Logan's determined investigation brings him face to snout with the culprits and lands him penned, naked, among the missing canines. Rising ingeniously to the triple challenge of escaping, negotiating the return of the purloined pooches and keeping his clothes on (they keep disappearing), Logan proves a protagonist worth admiring--displaying a level of focus and dedication matched only by his long-standing, gonzo obsession with aliens. Just another alien invasion headed off by solid detective work. (Science fiction. 10-12)
Patrick Jennings is a master at crafting stories that kids just love. His previous novels include Guinea Dog and Lucky Cap. He grew up in Indiana, later moved to Arizona, and now lives in Washington State. Visit him online at www.patrickjennings.com.