Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Book Review - The Buddy Files: The Case of the Missing Family
Buddy has settled with his adopted family, but he's never given up on finding his beloved human, Kayla, and his first family. One night he sees men taking things out of Kayla's old house and loading them into a van. What's up? Though his friend Mouse advises against it, in the middle of the night Buddy decides to make a daring move, leaving everything he knows behind. Dori Butler's third case in The Buddy Files will entertain and satisfy the many fans of this brave, funny, and loyal dog.
About the Author
Dori Hillestad Butler has always wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel when she was in sixth grade. She wrote it to find out if she could write a novel, and because she needed extra credit in her English class. Her dream of becoming a published author came true in 1997, with the publication of The Great Tooth Fairy Rip-Off. She's gone on to publish more than 35 additional books for children.
Her books have been appeared on children's choice award lists in 18 different states. Trading Places with Tank Talbott won the Maryland Children's Choice Award in 2007. And The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for best Juvenile Mystery.
Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club and Boxcar Children series, and a children's book reviewer for several publications. She's published numerous short stories, plays and educational materials, and has served as the Iowa Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators' Regional Advisor.
She grew up in southern Minnesota and now lives in Coralville, Iowa with her husband, son, dog and cat. She visits schools and leads writing workshops all over the country.
For more information, visit her website at www.kidswriter.com.
My Take on the Book
In this third book in the series you are given a look into Buddy's past life, which was great for the backstory itself. My daughter and I have been reading these stories together, so it has been fun not only to see and experience the mysteries themselves, but also see and experience the life events that surround Buddy's life and the life of this family and this is no different in that regard. This book continues to do a great job at mixing content in regards to entertainment and education as both are available for the reader which is what most readers want anyway. In the end of this book there are some topics that may be sad for younger readers, but in saying that as I have found in past books this opens the door to further conversations that you can have with your child. All-in-all this is a great book with a great story that will engage you from beginning to end.
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