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The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog (First Kids Mystery Series #1)
     

The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog (First Kids Mystery Series #1)

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by Martha Freeman
 

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Daughters of the first female president of the United States solve a White
House mystery with the help of their dog.

Overview

Daughters of the first female president of the United States solve a White
House mystery with the help of their dog.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Rife
When the two First Daughters, Cammie and Tessa, hear that the hottest boy band is coming to the White House to perform for them, they are over the moon with excitement. While preparing for the concert, though, they find themselves pulled into a mystery and they decide to play detective. The leader of the President's own Marine Band has lost the special baton he plans on using when playing with the "Song Boys," as the boy band is called. Without the baton, he is not sure if he will be able to do the show. The two girls vow to find the baton in time and save the day. However, as they begin to investigate, they find that there are a bunch of other things missing too, and they begin to suspect their rambunctious dog. They also think about blaming their annoying younger cousin Nate. In the end, they take the role of investigators, though, and interview witnesses, look for clues, and piece together the information they learn to find all the missing goodies. While the book is entertaining, it is also an easier read, making it more appropriate for seven- to ten-year olds. In addition, the author does a good job of dropping in educational tidbits about living in the White House. The story is too juvenile for anyone over the age of ten, but it still entertains. Reviewer: Melissa Rife
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Numerous items, including Colonel Michael's baton, are missing from the White House so Cammie and her younger sister, Tessa, decide to investigate. Their mother is the first female president of the United States. Their dog, Hooligan, is a suspect because of his tendency to hide objects, and their cousin Nate because he doesn't like the Song Boys, "the best boy band in America," who are performing at the White House. He believes the myth about the U.S. Marine Band leader not being able to perform without his baton. The mystery has to be solved before the performance because Aunt Jen, White House Hostess and the president's sister, invited all of Cammie's classmates. ("Dad would never make it as a First Lady.") The characters seem loosely based on the current First Daughters and their dog, in addition to a popular band made up of three brothers. An afterword on the life and work of John Philip Sousa is included, as well as sheet music for two original Song Boys numbers. Bits of information about the White House are sprinkled throughout. The mystery is lightweight, but readers new to the genre will enjoy the story.—Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD
Kirkus Reviews

Now that their mom is president of the United States, she doesn't have much time for fifth grader Cameron and her little sister, Tessa, but there are some perks: The Song Boys will be playing at the White House in support of literacy. The girls are exuberant about the upcoming concert, and Cameron is thrilled to be able to invite her classmates. However, the concert is jeopardized when, among other items, the John Philip Sousa baton used by the Marine Corps Band goes missing. Their thieving, too-big dog, Hooligan, is the prime suspect, and Nate, their sullen cousin, is also behaving suspiciously. After sleuthing around, the sisters solve the mystery, stave off an international incident and save the concert. The snappy narrative weaves in facts on the layout of the White House and how it is run. Great for a parent or teacher looking for a light mystery that portrays two intelligent female protagonists in an unusual setting. When it comes to family and friends, apparently, things are pretty much the same everywhere. (afterword, music and lyrics) (Mystery. 7-11)

From the Publisher

“Great for a parent or teacher looking for a light mystery that portrays two intelligent female protagonists in an unusual [White
House] setting.”

“Recommend this First Kids Mystery debut to readers.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422678
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
First Kids Mystery Series , #1
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,385,016
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Freeman has written nine books for children and young adults, including "The Trouble with Cats", and the "Chickadee Court" mysteries. Kirkus Reviews praised her First Kids Mystery #1, The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog, for its "Snappy narrative" and called her First Kids Mystery#2, The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar, a "gem." A native of Southern California, she lives in State College, Pennsylvania. Learn more on her website, www.marthafreeman.com.

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The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love it the details it is a mystery.