Thursday, April 4, 2013
Book Review - The Buddy Files: The Case of the School Ghost
There have always been rumors of a ghost at Four Lakes Elementary. On the night of the fourth grade sleepover, Mr. Poe, the custodian, tells the story of Agatha, the girl who haunts the school. Then secret notes, unusual banging, and a ghostly voice invade the sleepover. Buddy is determined to find out if there really is a ghost.
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
The Buddy Files are a series of books that are mysteries for mid to upper elementary children. In this particular book Buddy, the therapy dog who likes to consider himself a detective too, and his owner Connor are involved in a mystery at the school. The mystery centers around a "ghost" named Agatha who lives in the school. With humor, lots of great dialogue between the children, and a sense of adventure, Connor and his friends solve the mystery. It is a story which highlights a school tradition and the inside help of Mr. Poe, the school custodian. This story can be read aloud chapter by chapter or read independently.
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