The Case of the Missing Family
The Case of the Missing Family

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Series: Buddy Files Vol. 3   

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Annotation: Buddy the dog risks everything when he leaves his new family to investigate what happened to his beloved Kayla and her father, slipping into a van her Uncle Marty is using to empty her house in the middle of the night.
Catalog Number: #43807
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Albert Whitman
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Tugeau, Jeremy,
Pages: 131 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8075-0934-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-43295-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8075-0934-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-43295-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2009043993
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this third installment of the Buddy Files, the adorable golden retriever is still trying to determine why his original owners haven't returned to claim him. When he notices relatives clearing out the house, the pet detective embarks on a daring journey, putting his sleuthing skills to use and calling upon the canine "Network" to help him find his missing family. Effective twists and turns, humor, and the possibilities of becoming a school therapy dog and learning to read ease the bittersweet conclusion. Buddy's burying of a valuable guarantees more interactions with both his old and new families and future mysteries to enjoy.
Horn Book
Buddy, an exuberant dog with deep affection for his humans, looks for his missing owners while solving other small mysteries. The clear and direct plots, engaging characters, humor, and suspense will keep readers entertained. Black-and-white halftone illustrations enhance the stories.
School Library Journal
BUTLER, Dori Hillestad . The Case of the Mixed-up Mutts . Bk. 2. 128p. ISBN 978-0-8075-0911-1 . LC 2009038724. ea vol: illus. by Jeremy Tugeau. (The Buddy Files Series). CIP. Albert Whitman . 2010. Tr $14.99. Gr 1&11;3&12; Lackluster titles for early chapter-book readers. Poor Buddy. He's a sweet pup that has lost his family, specifically his best human friend, Kayla. He is adopted by Connor and his mother but the mysterious disappearance of his first family continues to haunt him. In Mixed-Up Mutts , Buddy must put aside his concern for Kayla and help two dogs who have been switched. The pugs, Jazzy and Muffin, look a lot alike so when they go to the same dog park one day, they accidentally return home with the wrong owners. Thanks to Buddy's quick thinking and his ability to get himself out of a number of tight spots, the dogs are reunited with their families. In Missing Family , Buddy is able to focus on his concern over the loss of his first family. He stows away in a moving van when he observes some mysterious people moving his old family's furniture. In the end, Buddy finds Kayla and her father but he's not allowed to stay with her and is eventually reunited with Connor. If you have young readers who absolutely love dogs, then they might be satisfied with this series. However, Mary Labatt's stories about Sam, the Dog Detective (Kids Can) are more satisfying.&12; Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 12,168
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 136395 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.7 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q49348
Lexile: 630L

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.

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