Play Dead (A Dog and His Girl Mysteries Series #1)

Play Dead (A Dog and His Girl Mysteries Series #1)

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by Jane B. Mason, Sarah Hines-Stephens
     
 

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A dog and his girl show how six legs are better than two in this brand new mystery series!

When Dodge, a German shepherd police dog, finds himself retired after an accident leaves him deaf in one ear, he's lucky to be adopted by the perfect family. Twelve-year-old Cassie Sullivan, his girl, smells almost as good as a dog, and gets her nose for sleuthing from her

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A dog and his girl show how six legs are better than two in this brand new mystery series!

When Dodge, a German shepherd police dog, finds himself retired after an accident leaves him deaf in one ear, he's lucky to be adopted by the perfect family. Twelve-year-old Cassie Sullivan, his girl, smells almost as good as a dog, and gets her nose for sleuthing from her police chief mom and coroner dad. Cassie is smart and quick on her feet, and doesn't mind breaking a couple rules to get to the bottom of a mystery. Dodge has forty-two dog years of experience solving crime, as well as a great network of other four-legged colleagues when he needs more intel.

When Verdel Ward, the richest man in town, goes missing, it seems like everyone from the mayor to the housekeeper wants his fortune, which he's left behind with no will. But Cassie and Dodge can smell a mystery from a mile away, and can't help wondering why a miser would go swimming in a dangerous cove, what's up with the suspicious fiancee, who's been sneaking around the mansion, and where a twin brother has come from.

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Publishers Weekly
Mason and Stephens, who have teamed up for several Candy Apple and Princess School titles, debut the A Dog and His Girl Mysteries with a quick-moving whodunit. The narrative unfolds in the alternating voices of 12-year-old Cassie Sullivan and Dodge, her German shepherd sleuthing partner. Retired police dog Dodge is an especially exuberant narrator, his staccato monologue conveying his zest for life, food, and detective work. (As Dodge gobbles up food Cassie drops from the dinner table and listens to her police chief mother describe a new investigation, the dog couldn’t be happier: “I had everything I wanted. Burger. Girl. Case. Woof”). The central mystery involves a miserly billionaire who disappears after swimming in treacherous waters; he apparently died intestate, and three shady individuals—his housekeeper, the mayor, and his alleged fiancée—are squabbling over his estate. Relegated to the background, these characters remain somewhat indistinct, taking the edge off the mystery. Still, Cassie and Dodge’s strong personalities, endearing rapport, and investigative skills (Cassie is quite good at playing dumb to get the info she’s after) will draw readers into the action. Ages 8�12. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Join the partnership of Dodge and Cassie as they try to figure out what happened to billionaire Verdel Ward, who has been missing for four months. Dodge is a German shepherd that was formerly a member of the police force. He was the K-9 partner of Police Chief Doris Sullivan, Cassie's mother. Now retired from the force, Dodge is Cassie's pet and best four-legged friend. Chief Sullivan will not close the case because different people are trying to claim the Ward fortune. Although Ward had no friends, his housekeeper, the town's mayor, and Ward's girlfriend all want the money. Both Dodge and Cassie believe something fishy is going on, and they look for clues to unravel the mystery with a little help from their respective friends. The authors narrate the story from the perspectives of both canine and girl, bringing out some "dog" humor as Dodge explains his behavior and actions. Occasionally, the reader may need to closely track whether Dodge or Cassie is telling the story; the cues are sometimes subtle. Nonetheless, this mystery adventure will keep the reader in suspense. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545436243
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Series:
A Dog and His Girl Mysteries Series, #1
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
405,283
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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