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The Case of the School Ghost (Buddy Files) Paperback – March 1, 2013
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This morning my oldest daughter and I discussed my concerns and and hers. She recognized and felt it wasn't good for the children to lie to Connor's mom about where they'd been. She also felt it was wrong for them to disobey the directions of the adults at the school when they were there for a sleepover. Her other question was why the children would do something that was wrong just because someone told them to. I know this happens all the time with kids, but in this book there weren't any consequences for what they did. Yes, their actions were innocent enough and didn't harm anyone, but it's the principle of it.
My concerns with this book hinge on two things. 1) the idea of a Ouija board are introduced as part of the story. It is clear that it is rigged, but I'm not comfortable that things like this are presented as so innocent. The idea's been planted and if it's reintroduced to a child when they're older, then it will likely seem benign. Many people might disagree with me on this point, but it follows the process of how to make someone think that something that is unacceptable is actually acceptable. 2) At the end, Connor lies to his mom when she asks him a question.Read more ›
This book is amusing because it is told from Buddy's perspective and is full of moments showing the world the way a dog might view it. In addition to an easy to follow mystery, there are snippets of lessons and advice about the world, such as how making lists helps one to keep track of things, or about telling the truth. Butler really does a good job with slowly building up the excitement about what the mystery really is as Buddy finds more clues in each chapter.
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You and your child will learn about the real life of a dog from a dog who talks (but humans hear only WOOF), like how a dog's sense of smell is so much better than ours (Buddy can even smell a lie on someone or calm a nervous kid, and describes a boy as pepperoni-fish-frog boy or a girl as sausage and flowers or pizza, cats, nailpolish), and how dogs and kids are alike - both are often misunderstood by adults.
In Book Six, Buddy gets to attend a fourth-grade sleepover in the school library and go on a scavenger hunt and is so excited, but strange things are going on - noises, disappearances, unsigned notes and anonymous packages, a power outage, a secret door, and a secret code. Buddy hopes to solve the mystery of Agatha the ghost - is she or isn't she?
Lessons learned include telling the truth, staying away form forbidden places (or not), following instructions and - making lists just may help you solve a mystery!
And, when the paper cover of the hardback gets tattered and torn, the front of the hard cover book is a delight!
*winner of the Edgar Award, 2011, for Best Juvenile Mystery for the first in this series
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My 8 year old boy enjoyed these books. He actually enjoyed reading themPublished 4 months ago by Debbie Gotwalt
My son read the whole series in one week. And on Thursday he read 3 of the books. I recommend it for children who like mystery books.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
The kids love the series! The kids at school love to listen when I read them!Published 14 months ago by PJ
I bought the entire set of "Buddy Files" formy granddaughter! She was thrilled!Published 18 months ago by MKA