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The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4) by [Janice Spina, John Spina]

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Length: 221 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 13 Grade Level: 4 - 7
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This review is from: The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4) (Kindle Edition)This time junior detectives Davey and Derek have a new adventure when a mysterious Scraggly dog appears in their neighborhood with blood on her paw. What happened? Where is her owner? Readers will love this mystery and be anxious to find out what happens next. The twins' Aunt Gigi has her own magic to share and the boys learn more about amazing ways to travel.The story is engaging, as are all of Janice Spina's tales.There's even a surprise ending. Be sure to get your copy today.
*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it.
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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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This is the fourth book in this series of mystery/detectives stories for PT/YA/MG, grades 4-7. My two middle-grandsons who are 10 and 12 are the inspiration for this fun adventures series. The cover is a photo of my daughter's dog that she had for ten years. It was my way of keeping Daisy's memory alive for the whole family.The three previous books in this series have each won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 1 also won a Reader's Favorite Book Award Honorable Mention. I am presently working on Book 5 in which I introduce two new characters, preteen girls, who will have their own series next year. A reader requested that I begin a series for girls. Guess what? I listen to my readers. I found my niche in writing for this age group and am having a wonderful time creating stories that will keep children of all ages engaged, delighted, and learning at the same time about good behavior. All my books encourage children of all ages to be polite, respectful and kind to others.I enjoy hearing from fans and readers and love receiving reviews! Happy reading! Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks!

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  • 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
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