Governor's Dog Is Missing: Slate Stephens Mysteries #1

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Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
This is the first of the "Slate Stephens" mystery series. Slate and his best friend, Daphne, have recently moved to Helena, Montana where their fathers work for the University of Montana as research geologists. When Slate comes across a news story that the governor's prize Border collie has gone missing, they get involved in their own brand of research. They embark on a mission to recover the lost dog. Visiting the capitol building, they meet the governor, his chief rival, and begin piecing together the details of the day the dog, named Cat, disappeared. Throughout their research, readers are treated to facts and details about Montana's capitol city, cultural and tourist spots, and finally a geological description of Glacier National Park. Slate is also aware of his growing attraction to Daphne. They have been together for almost ten years as their fathers have researched in the field, but now, Slate realizes that he is flustered in her presence and jealous at the way she engages conversation with the Governor's aide. Slate is not all that smooth and kisses Daphne's ear in an awkward moment. The two banter back and forth as best friends do and in the end they work together very well. The detailed setting of Montana promises to make these mysteries an engaging social studies lesson as well. As such, the series will be a clever informative addition to middle school libraries. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney set out to solve a mystery that has all of Helena, MT, talking: Cat, the governor's dog, has gone missing. The 12-year-olds find themselves crashing a symphony concert, talking to high-ranking elected officials, and hiking through dangerous closed trails in Glacier National Park. During their investigation, the two young sleuths not only solve the case, but also discover more about themselves and their friendship. Unlike the majority of child prodigy sleuths, Slate and Daphne, while intelligent, are also typical kids. The plot moves quickly and readers hitch a ride on Slate's bike as he explores the city and develops his feelings for Daphne. Collard neatly braids history, geology, and politics into the investigation, mixing interesting facts and crucial details into the mystery.—Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984446018
  • Publisher: Bucking Horse Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 1,378,933
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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