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Grade 3–4—Teddy's dog, one of the fastest Chihuahuas in Salt Lake City, has disappeared before the first annual Chihuahua Race. Fourth-graders Addie May and Teddy have had their differences in the past, but they are willing to work together to find Phantom. While they disagree on what happened to the animal and who should be on the suspect list, they question everyone with a motive and involve Addie May's mom and the police when they suspect dognapping. The black-and-white illustrations, some full page, draw attention to some pivotal scenes. The Chihuahua Chase won't make readers laugh like Darrel Odgers and Sally Odgers's "Jack Russell: Dog Detective" books (Kane/Miller) do, but beginning chapter-book readers who are looking for an uncomplicated mystery/dog/friendship story may find this book to their liking.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Asking the kinds of questions her crime-reporter mother would ask and following every lead, fourth-grader Addie May finds classmate Teddy Krebs’ missing Chihuahua. On top of that, she figures out why Teddy has been bullying her. This straightforward middle-grade mystery is set in a contemporary world in which young people send instant messages and have enough independence to take a public bus. Family relationships and classroom situations ring true, but readers (or, more likely, adults) in some parts of the country may be taken aback by fourth-graders thinking about being in love. Cannon gives her young readers something more substantive to ponder: how does a person turn into someone who would take someone else’s dog? She offers two different examples in place of a pat answer. Each of the 20 short chapters includes a black-and-white illustration by Olson, many showing Chihuahuas with big ears and winning smiles. With believable dialogue and flashes of humor, this is an undemanding and satisfying read. Grades 3-5. --Kathleen Isaacs
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