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The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Davey and Derek are twins. They do just about everything together, including solving mysteries and learning a little bit of magic from their Great-Aunt Gigi. On a recent visit to their great-aunt, the boys learned a new magic trick and discovered "a large brown scraggly dog with frightened eyes." There was nothing to identify the dog, but it did have blood on its paws. So the mystery was definitely bigger than just finding the dog's home. They conjectured whether there was a murder involved. Just as they were attempting to connect with the dog, it took off. And the mystery deepened.
Janice Spina has a knack for writing mysteries. Her recent addition to the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog, is another good twist on what might appear to be a simple mystery. Like the ever popular young boys' mystery series, the Hardy Boys, Davey and Derek, the two protagonists, make a great team of amateur sleuths. The basic plot of a boy team working together solving the mystery develops simply, mixed in with a little bit of magic, a little bit of boyish fun and a little bit of humor. The reader can't help but like and even relate to these active youngsters whose minds never stop working. The plot is developed primarily through dialogue, which makes this a good story for an early chapter book reader. There's nothing better to encourage the reluctant young boy reader than a Hardy Boys-like series mixed with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------THE CASE OF THE BROWN SCRAGGLY DOG (DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES SERIES BOOK 4) BY JANICE SPINA★★★★★ The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog is the fourth entry in Janice Spina's middle-grade series about twin detectives Derek and Davey Donato. The two boys share a gift for magical powers and a bond that allows them to communicate mind-to-mind, which they've termed 'TT' or 'twin telepathy.' Still fledgling warlocks, Davey and Derek receive training from their Aunt Gigi, who is herself an experienced magic-user. One day during training the trio encounters a startled stray dog, and they immediately launch an investigation into the dog's owner and condition. The group also receives help from the spirit of a cat named Mianna, who lives inside Aunt Gigi's crystal ball, and their friend Mickey "Cat" Catonni. With such a dynamic team working earnestly to help a lost dog find its owner, it's just a matter of time before the case is solved. But what discoveries will solving this mystery bring?
This is a sweet, classically entertaining story about two charming boys, as well as their quirky group of friends and family. Over the course of the series, Spina has built up a collection of characters whose emotional openness and intellectual curiosity will doubtlessly draw in and enthrall young readers. Having established Derek and Davey's status as novice magicians, one could easily imagine the exciting and hilarious directions in which this series might be diverted. While The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog certainly provides enough appeal to stand on its own, the story's real pull is in allowing the reader to ask, "What mischief will Derek and Davey get up to next?"
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From the Author
- Publication date : December 30, 2016
- File size : 1560 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Janice Spina; 1st edition (December 30, 2016)
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0998240419
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Print length : 221 pages
- ASIN : B01MZ5FL46
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,117,582 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Seeing a scraggly dog roaming around at there aunt Gigi's garden, they decided to investigate, why the dog was like that. Well, to make it short, if they wouldn't have started the investigation, a man, the owner of the dog, would have perished since he fell into a ravine and was unconscious.
Great lesson in life to look out for singes, they are different.
The author’s goal in writing books for children that bring to light life lessons that the children can learn from. These lessons include politeness (Davey and Derek are both polite boys), kindness (they are kind to the dog and to his owner, as well as to family and friends in this story), and sensitivity (they are concerned that their friend Mickey isn’t left out and that their mom doesn’t worry needlessly about them). Janice Spina accomplished her goal with The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog.
This book is sure to delight. I highly recommend The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog to young readers.
This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Davey and Derek are now experienced young detectives who have a few solved mysteries under their belts. But this new mystery about the scraggly dog would be not so easy to solve if not for Aunt Gigi and her crystal ball and her magical way of teaching boys how to travel.
What the boys discovered at the end of the story surprised me the most. Well-executed ending of the gripping mystery!
As in her previous books, the author provided plenty of life lessons for children. Janice completed her goal with the most valuable teachings about respect, compassion, and understanding. She wisely underlined the purpose of her series, lessons that are very needed for middle school children.
Readers will love this mystery for many reasons, but I love it for the thrilling twists and turns and lessons this story carries. I am sure readers will be anxious to find out what happens in the next book. Woohoo! I’m a lucky one! The author just sent me her Book 5. So I am off for another exciting adventure!! The twins have magic to share their power, and as a reader, I will learn more about amazing ways to solve the startling mysteries…
*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it.
Reviewed by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne